Whether you’re here for one or two years, getting sick while you are studying abroad is inevitable. If you’re lucky it will be a small cold that will keep you out of school for a few days, but if you’re not so lucky you may have to see a doctor in order to get better. For this reason, it is important that you have the correct health insurance.
If you are studying in Sweden as an EU student you need to have a European Health Insurance card. With this card you can have access to Swedish health care. Without this card you need to obtain your own insurance; without any type of insurance or health card, the cost of getting any treatment at a medical center is very expensive. The costs can be nearly SEK 1400 for a regular visit and around SEK 7000 if you were to break your foot.
For Non-EU residents who are staying for less than one year you usually have to obtain your own insurance. For those Non-EU students who are staying for over one year, you receive the same health benefits as a Swedish person. To be able to take advantage of this you have to register at the tax office and get a social insurance number (Personnummer in Swedish). Read more » >>