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Finding healthcare

In case of emergency, call 112. If you need health related guidance call 1177 to talk to experienced health professionals. 1177 can give you medical advice and guide you to your nearest health clinic (vårdcentral). Unless it is an emergency, it is usually easier and faster to visit a health clinic than visiting the hospital. At the health clinic, you need to make an appointment see contact information below or call 1177.

Health clinics

Swedish clinics are mainly staffed by general practitioners and nurses. Even if you need to see a specialist, you must first see a doctor at a clinic who then refers you to a specialist. There are several clinics in Borås to choose from. Below is the contact information for some of them.

If you call a clinic, there will be an answering machine with a voice telling you to leave your phone number so they can call you back. However, for students who do not understand Swedish, going there for a personal visit might be easier.

You can choose any clinic you like, but it is recommended that you choose the one closest to your home for practical reasons. The fee is 100 SEK if you see a doctor, 50 SEK for a nurse, and 200-300 SEK for a specialist. But if you go to another clinic than the one where you are listed, the price is higher. A visit to the emergency room at the hospital costs 300 SEK.

The clinics are open daytime during weekdays. During evenings, nights and weekends, you will be referred to a central open clinic. Call Vårdguiden 1177 in advance and they will tell you where to go.

Please note that the information above only applies if you have a Swedish personal number and a valid European Health Insurance Card, and not for conditions that can wait until you get home. If you come from outside the EU/EEA, read about insurance claims below.

Pharmacies

In Sweden, you can find painkillers and bandaids in most grocery stores but if you need a bigger selection and/or buy prescriptions, you need to go to a pharmacy ("Apoteket"). They are only open daytime.

  • Allégatan 43, closest to the university
  • Skaraborgsvägen 35, in Knalleland shopping district. 
  • Smörhulegatan 2, at Boda Vårdcentral.
  • Brämhultsvägen 43, at Södra Älvsborgs Sjukhus.

Dentists

The Swedish Public Dental Service is called "Folktandvården". The clinics are listed below, but please note that they often have a long waiting list, up to one year or more.

There are also many private dental clinics, with shorter waiting lists. Some of the private dentist closest to the university are listed below but there are several others that you can search for if you type "Tandläkare Borås" on Google Maps.

The Swedish Social Security Agency have information on their web about national dental care subsidy (external link). Please note that this applies for citizens from the EU/EEA. The insurance for fee-paying students covers emergency dental care up to 3000 SEK, see the information below. If you have no insurance, you need to pay the entire cost yourself and it can be very expensive.

Insurance and insurance claim

Exchange students from outside the EU/EEA are covered by a health insurance plan which grants you free medical treatment, including emergency dental care up to 3000 SEK, should a treatment become necessary during your stay in Sweden.You need to pay the expenses and then bring the receipt to the International Office. We will help you with the insurance claim.

Contact information

Emergency number: 112.
Emergency ward address: Södra Älvsborgs Sjukhus, Brämhultsvägen 53. Telephone: 033-616 10 00
Vårdguiden (Health care guidance): 1177. Open 24/7. Same cost as a local call.

For more infromation about healthcare in Sweden visit 1177.se (external link)