Stockholm County Council is one of Europe's largest healthcare providers, offering everything from telephone advice about self-care to advanced specialist care at university hospitals.
The County Council has overall responsibility for caring for the county's inhabitants, and must meet the targets of the Swedish Health and Medical Services Act, i.e. good health and care on equal terms for the entire population. Knowledge of the county's inhabitants, such as age and health, forms the basis for planning this care.
Providing care under the County Council's own management or privately
The majority of care is provided under the County Council's own management. Around a third is dealt with by private care providers, such as family doctors, physiotherapists, maternity clinics and hospitals.
The quality and availability of this care is monitored using tools such as patient surveys. Work is also carried out whereby different care providers are compared with each other. The results are published online.
Vårdval Stockholm gives the county's inhabitants the opportunity to choose care providers on the basis of their own requirements, such as geographic location and opening hours. Payment is made to these care providers in accordance with the patients' choices.
Local medical centres and family doctors
Local medical centres and family doctors' offices are the entry points for healthcare. If patients require specialist care, the doctor refers them onwards. The local medical centres are part of the County Council's outpatient care service. This also includes some psychiatric and geriatric care.
Emergency hospitals treat patients with serious emergency conditions. Local emergency clinics supplement the services offered by local medical centres and emergency hospitals.
1177 Vårdguiden – a guide for healthcare
1177 Vårdguiden provides information and guidance in relation to healthcare. A website provides information about medical problems and contact details for the county's many care providers. There is also a special version of the website for use with mobile phones. 1177 Vårdguiden provides a telephone service and a magazine that is delivered to every household in the county.