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Healthcare costs a lot more than what you pay for

You pay 200 crowns to visit a doctor at the health centre. But the visit actually costs 1,640 crowns. For a hip joint operation, you pay 300 crowns. But the operation costs about 80, 000 crowns. There is a list of prices for what different things in healthcare really cost.
An operation can cost up to about one million crowns. The cost depends on how difficult the procedure is. A common operation is a hernia in the groin. It costs 65,000 crowns.
Foto: Marcus Palmgren

What do we get for the money? A question that many people ask themselves. The Southern Healthcare Region, (regions in the south of Sweden) has a price list of what different things in healthcare cost.

For example, an operation of lip and cleft palate costs 61,670 crowns, to operate the tonsils cost 34,469 crowns. Inserting a pacemaker costs about 90,000 crowns.

Patients only pay a small part of the cost.

You pay 200 crowns to visit a doctor at the health centre. But the visit actually costs 1,640 crowns
Foto: Erik Svensson

If you go to the A&E you have to pay 400 crowns. For some people, it’s a large sum, but the actual cost is 4,920 crowns.

If you have to be admitted into a hospital, you pay 100 crowns per day for the first 30 days, after which you pay 50 crowns per day. In the medical department, a bed costs 5,200 crowns per day. A bed in the intensive care unit for neurosurgery costs 19,500 crowns.

On average, a bed costs 7,800 crowns per day.

If a resident from another region receives care in Skåne, the prices in the list apply. But the patient never pays the full cost, however, the region where the patient lives does. If a person from Skåne receives care in another region, Region Skåne pays the full cost.

If you stay in the hospital, you pay 100 crowns per day. But the cost of a bed in emergency care is 7,499 crowns per day.
Foto: Björn Larsson Ask/TT

Facts:

This is how much healthcare costs

The Southern Healthcare Region (regions in the south of Sweden) has a price list of what different things in healthcare costs.
The price is what it costs on average to receive care. The price depends on how complicated the care is.
Concussion 18,626 crowns
Retinal surgery 39,353 crowns
Hernia operation 65,000 crowns
Knee surgery 65,000-145,000 crowns
Childbirth, vaginal 29,000-72,000 crowns
Childbirth, caesarean section 54,000-145,000 crowns
Liver transplant 784,499 crowns
Region Skåne.
Foto: Bosse Nilsson