As Covid-19 continues to spread, there might be a few questions regarding the healthcare system in Sweden and curiosity about what student experiences have been like. As a student coming from the U.S. where healthcare can often feel like the Wild Wild West, my experience receiving healthcare here in Sweden is a bit different from what I am used to back home.
As an international student at LiU, you are covered under FAS+ which includes disability and death benefits, emergency medical and dental care, home transport, third party liability, legal expenses, and coverage for personal property. FAS+ does not include health insurance, which honestly confused the heck out of me considering this is usually the primary insurance you obtain as an American, usually through your employer or parents.
Your healthcare as an international student (w/ a permit of 12 months or longer) is actually the same as any other citizen or resident of Sweden as soon as you have received your personal number from the Swedish Tax Agency. This gives you all the same access, ability to schedule appointments, receive treatment, etc. and for the low cost of around 200 SEK (~€18/$20) per appointment.
To obtain an appointment at a vårdcentralen (city health center) in Norrköping, you must call the reception number AS SOON AS THEY OPEN in order to receive a spot on the calling queue. This is literally the most important step, as missing this window will eliminate your chance of scheduling an appointment that day. Upon calling you will be asked to provide your personal number, and you will be notified that a staff member will call you back within the next hour or so after. Once the receptionist or nurse calls you back, they will ask you about your reason for calling, symptoms, etc. and determine a time for you to come in for an appointment.
Once you have an appointment scheduled, it’s fairly smooth sailing in terms of receiving treatment. You then show up to vårdcentralen, check-in with the front desk, pay for the appointment, and then go to the corresponding waiting room until a nurse arrives to meet you.
Boom, bam, done. Before you know it you’re feeling in tip top shape again ready to conquer the rest of your studies!
P.S. This process is a bit different with the current situation regarding Covid-19. For information on what to do if you are experiencing symptoms, please view the Covid-19 information page here.