Ukrainian refugees in Sweden under Temporary Protection have the same rights as asylum seekers in the country, which only includes access to emergency medical care. Access to medical care in practice may vary depending on the decision made by the medical professional: treatment may or may not wait.

The health care needs of adult Ukrainian refugees outside of emergency care are not covered by the medical system.

If you or someone in your family is sick, you can call 1177. There you can get advice from a nurse in English or Swedish. The line works around the clock. The website has information about health and illness.


In case of emergencies or life-threatening situations, call 112.

The operators of the service speak Swedish and English, but if necessary, you can use the help of an interpreter. If you or a sick person urgently need to go to the emergency room, an ambulance will be sent for you.

Medical centers are always open during the day from Monday to Friday. Some medical centers are open at other times.

You usually need to make an appointment before you come.

Here you can find a medical center near you. The page is in Swedish.

If you are seriously injured or very seriously ill, go to the emergency department. They work around the clock. No need to make an appointment.

In the emergency department, first of all, help is provided to the sickest. This means that people with less serious medical conditions may have to wait for help. Sometimes the waiting time can reach several hours.

For children under the age of 6, there are special facilities called children's polyclinics (barnavårdscentraler). Children visit them regularly and receive vaccinations there.

Some places have special hospitals and emergency departments for children.

There are special departments for women. They are called women's consultation departments (barnmorskemottagning), mother and child health centers (mödravårdscentral) or women's health centers (kvinnohälsovård). There you can get counseling and advice on contraception and take tests for various diseases. Pregnant women can come for examinations.

If you are in labor, you should go to the maternity ward. They work around the clock.

Here you can find the women's counseling department . The page is in Swedish.

Dental care is often more expensive than other types of medical care. Ask in advance how much the treatment will cost. Children and teenagers usually get dental care free of charge.

Here you can find dental clinics . The page is in Swedish.

Present your UT card (residence permit) when seeking medical care

When you register with the Migration Service, you will receive a special card. It is called the UT card. You must present this card when you seek medical care. This applies to both adults and children.

Cost of medical care

Children under 18 receive medical care free of charge. This applies to both asylum-seeking children and those who do not have a residence permit in Sweden. Care for children in emergency departments may be charged in some cases.

Adults aged 18 and over usually have to pay for medical and dental care.

Examples of paid medical care

  • A visit to a doctor in a medical center costs a maximum of 50 kroner.
  • A visit to the dentist costs 50 kroner. This applies to emergency dental care.
  • Prescription drugs cost a maximum of 50 crowns. But you will have to pay full price for some medicines, such as cough medicine.


You are entitled to the services of an interpreter if you do not speak Swedish. The translator is obliged to observe confidentiality. Interpreter services are provided free of charge. To get help in your own language, contact the medical facility before the appointment.

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