Public health and health care

Public health and medical care is about preventing ill health and caring for sick people.This area covers everything from measures to promote public health and the development of care to specific issues such as protection against communicable diseases, alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceuticals.

Responsible for public health and health care

Responsible minister

Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport Gabriel Wikström
Gabriel Wikström Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport

Responsible ministry

News about public health and health care

  • Gabriel Wikström led the Swedish delegation at the high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance at the UN General Assembly

    On 21 September 2016, a high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) was held during the UN General Assembly. AMR – and antibiotic resistance in particular – is a global health threat that is increasing in scale. Sweden has long been a driving force behind raising the AMR issue on the global agenda and the Swedish delegation was led by Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport Gabriel Wikström.

  • Continuity and long-term thinking in ANDT work

    Some young girls are sitting in a big crowd of people
    The new strategy has a clearer child and youth perspective compared with the previous strategy. The social and gender equality perspective is also clearer. Photo:Folio

    In February 2016, the Swedish Government adopted a new coherent strategy for alcohol, narcotics, doping and tobacco (ANDT) for the period 2016–2020. In the new strategy, the Government takes further steps to increase activity in this area to achieve the objective set by the Riksdag: A society free from narcotic drugs and doping, with reduced alcohol-related medical and social harm and reduced tobacco use.

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