Sweden

Updated 31.03.21

Healthcare rights of migrants

Asylum seekers: Adults are entitled to emergency healthcare and dental care. They are also entitled to health check-ups upon arrival in Sweden, maternal care and assistance during delivery, contraceptive advice, abortion, treatment of infectious diseases, and any other treatment that cannot wait. 

Each visit to the doctor costs 50 SEK and every prescribed medication is an additional 50 SEK.

It is essential to prove the right to medical care by showing an LMA-card (which proves status as an asylum seeker waiting for a decision). 

Children and young people under 18 seeking asylum are entitled to the same healthcare and dental care rights as children residents in Sweden.

 

Refugees: Refugees with a residence permit have the same access to health care as any person living in Sweden.

 

Undocumented migrants: Can only access emergency care. They have to bear the full cost of any treatment and medicine they receive.

They can obtain free medical care and psychological support through non-governmental organisations such as Doctors Without Borders (MSF) or Doctors Of The World. 

HIV testing and treatment

Testing: Free for all. Confidential and anonymous, as long as the test isn’t positive. In the event that the test is positive, migrants have to register with their local hospitals in order to get treatment, in which case their identity is revealed.

Use the aidsmap European test finder to see where you can get tested for HIV. 

 

Treatment: Treatment is free for all.

Country Statistics

Total Population: 10,099,265

 

Estimated migrant population: 1,639,771

 

Estimated refugee population (2019): 253,787

 

Estimated number of undocumented migrants (2019): 50,000- 70,000

 

Main migrant populations (2020): Syria, Finland, Iraq