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Random question on swedish healthcare

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suzieQuattro70 Thu 16-Mar-17 11:02:41

Shot in the dark but please does anyone have any knowledge of Swedish healthcare system?
So my partner is Swedish and his 10 year old daughter has been diagnosed with a brain tumour. Drs was to operate but are charging 30,000 euros.
Is there anything we can do - we don't have this money?
Any advice we would be grateful for

suzieQuattro70 Thu 16-Mar-17 11:04:17

His daughter is swedish and has been living in Sweden all her life.
Her mother died so my partner is her sole carer

Snap8TheCat Thu 16-Mar-17 11:05:09

Proof we should fight tooth and nail for our NHS if ever I heard one.

Sorry to hear about your step daughter. I hope you get some good advice.

suzieQuattro70 Thu 16-Mar-17 11:08:11

thanks that is so true

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 16-Mar-17 11:09:44

In no way an expert, but hopefully this will also act as a bump.

In my limited knowledge, people have to pay a nominal amount for doctor visits / prescriptions etc, but this is called once you hit a certain (relatively low) amount. I also thought kids were free.

What you have posted above sounds very unlikely, unless paying privately.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 16-Mar-17 11:11:01

Found this?

Natsku Thu 16-Mar-17 11:16:18

That can't be right, they have a yearly limit on out of pocket costs. No way would they be charging 30k for surgery as hospital costs are charged on a daily fee basis not per procedure. There are some private clinics for health tourism - could he be taking her there? Which begs the question as to why?

Natsku Thu 16-Mar-17 11:19:16

And they use kronor in Sweden not euros so if that number is for kronor its around 3000 euros

suzieQuattro70 Thu 16-Mar-17 11:21:43

thank you for your comments - I am onto it!
Unfortunately partner is pretty useless and upset as you can imagine.
He is not thinking straight so I will have to sort!

Natsku Thu 16-Mar-17 11:23:03

Maybe he's got his wires crossed in his emotional state and they were talking about the actual cost of the surgery, not the cost to him?

BertieBotts Thu 16-Mar-17 11:25:48

This doesn't sound right. Is there any chance that it could be some kind of scam? Does your partner live in Sweden?

suzieQuattro70 Thu 16-Mar-17 11:28:00

he works in Dubai but has come back to home (Sweden) to see his daughter and care for her

Trying to get to the bottom of it but he is useless and not thinking straight! He has no other family - parents dead, wife dead so he is on his own

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 16-Mar-17 11:28:52

So if he works in Dubai, who looks after his daughter?

BertieBotts Thu 16-Mar-17 11:31:17

Do you live together? How long have you been with him? You talk of "we" not having the money but it's not clear whereabouts you are geographically. And yes, who does the daughter live with?

Just trying to get a sense of the picture.

misscph1973 Thu 16-Mar-17 11:31:35

Oh, that is terrible. But I'm sure that must be a mistake. I'm Danish, and the system is very similar. I have friends in Sweden, and you do pay for visits to the GP, but not for hospital operations.

Does your partner live with this daughter in Sweden?

Perhaps contact the Swedish embassy:

misscph1973 Thu 16-Mar-17 11:33:21

OP, do you live in Sweden with your partner and his daughter?

Natsku Thu 16-Mar-17 11:33:26

Does sound rather scam-like, are you in a long distance relationship with your partner? How well do you actually know him?

suzieQuattro70 Thu 16-Mar-17 11:34:17


suzieQuattro70 Thu 16-Mar-17 11:34:47

no i'm in uk

suzieQuattro70 Thu 16-Mar-17 11:35:32

his late wifes sister - she has guardianship of his two daughters

Natsku Thu 16-Mar-17 11:36:35

So he's not her sole carer then?

suzieQuattro70 Thu 16-Mar-17 11:42:01

no daughters live with his sister in law
she has official guardianship

misscph1973 Thu 16-Mar-17 11:43:53

You need to talk to your partner's sister in law. She is Swedish, and she will know what to do.

suzieQuattro70 Thu 16-Mar-17 11:44:51

apparently the treatment (surgery) daughter needs is not funded by the hospital (it is a long shot) so that is why they are asking for money.

I.e similar to NHS not funding certain procedures/drugs here in UK

They have told partner the chances are not good but that it is a viable option. So obviously we want to give it a go or else she will certainly not survive as tumour is in her head

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 16-Mar-17 11:47:28

Hmm. I would be very dubious about this. The NHS only funds treatments etc if they are proven to work in enough people.

I suspect it would be the same in Sweden. So this is a niche , unproven treatment they would be paying for.

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