There are no drop-in centres in Linköping or Norrköping, nor home visits from a doctor. If you feel unwell, call the free Dial-a-Nurse Service at 1177. Press five in order to be forwarded to an English-speaking nurse. Hold your place in queue until your call is answered. If the queue is longer than 10 minutes, you will be given an option for the nurse to call you back instead.
The nurses can help you 24/7 in the whole of Sweden with advice on how to treat the most common diseases or what medicine is available without a prescription. They can also help you find the contact information to the closest primary health care centre. Read more at their website.
If you need to see a doctor, contact a primary health care centre (vårdcentral). There is a primary health care centre in nearly every suburb, so look for the one in your district. You book your visit via an automated call-back phone service.
1177 can also make an appointment for you at Jourcentralen, a clinic with on-call medical staff after office hours.
Most doctors speak English, but you can also request the services of an interpreter at the time of booking. There should be no extra fee for this.
If you do not have a Swedish civic registration number (personnummer), you might have to go to the vårdcentral in person, in order to get a so called temporary F-number. When you receive this number, you are able to book an appointment.
If you booked an appointment but cannot attend, make sure to notify the primary health care centre, or you will receive a bill.
Where do I turn to?
Health Care for foreign students
The prices for health care depend on whether you can receive a civic registration number (personnummer), what insurance you have from your home country or via the university. Students studying here for over a year who can show full-coverage insurance from their home country can apply for a Swedish civic registration number and become entitled to medical care as Swedish citizens.
County Council's presentation about health care.
Read Försäkringskassans information leaflets:
Make sure that you are properly covered, as medical care can be very expensive.
Swedish Social Insurance Agency
The institution in charge of health insurances in Sweden is Försäkringskassan, which translates to the Swedish Social Insurance Agency.
The rules are different depending on where you come from: Nordic countries, EU/EEA other than Nordic countries, countries outside EU that have a special agreement, or other countries outside EU/EEA.
The wide majority of students do not need to and cannot be registered at Försäkringskassan (although sometimes you will receive a letter by post asking you to fill out your personal information, but when you send it back, you receive another letter later explaining you are not entitled to register).
Last updated: 2018-02-23