Healthcare System in Sweden

Study Tour

The Swedish healthcare system is often considered a model for other countries, both because of its excellent outcomes compared to OECD countries and well-developed strategies both for quality assurance and improvement.


The objective of the study tour is to give an overview of Sweden’s healthcare system, its structure, governance, financing and service provision. Participants will identify the strengths of the system and how it produces good outcomes but also explore its current challenges. The program will also tie together the healthcare system with Sweden’s welfare system and how they both seek to promote good health and care on equal terms for the entire population.


The study tour is for groups of students, medical professionals and policymakers looking for a first-hand experience of Sweden’s healthcare system. The program combines lectures and study visits to give participants new insights but also the opportunity to observe first-hand how health and care services are organized and delivered. The group setting will allow participants to discuss and exchange ideas during lectures and study visits throughout the program. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the location?

Study tour location is Stockholm, Sweden.

What are the learning outcomes?

Understand a different healthcare delivery model by studying Sweden’s healthcare system

Observe and understand healthcare service delivery

Identify the strengths and weaknesses of Sweden’s healthcare system

Understand the main differences between the healthcare system in Sweden and their own country

How many days?

The current format is 4-6 days.

The study tour can be adapted to the suit the client’s needs for a shorter or longer program.

What is the content?

An overview of Sweden’s healthcare system, including:

  • Historical and social development
  • Governance
  • Structure and organization
  • Financing
  • Service provision
  • The role of the patient
  • Quality of care
  • System performance and outcomes

How many participants?

The required minimum number of participants is 15.

The tour can be organized for a smaller group, but the price per individual will then be higher.

What is the method?

The program will consist of lectures held by key researchers and practitioners from leading Swedish healthcare facilities, government and educational institutions. Lectures will be combined with study visits to healthcare and hospital facilities in Sweden. Participants will engage in interactive discussions with lecturers and the group throughout the week.

What are examples of study visits?

  • Primary care clinic (public and/or private)
  • Hospital (public and/or private)
  • Public health department
  • County council office
  • Long-term care facility

What is the language?

Lectures and study visits are held in English.

Interpreter services can be provided on request at additional cost.

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