Health and medical care services in Sweden are to offer people accessible, efficient and good-quality care that is tailored to their needs. The Government has introduced several reforms to strengthen the position of patients by increasing freedom of choice and accessibility to care services and aiming to reduce numbers of healthcare-related injuries. Read more about this in the government newsletter.
The Prime Minister received Lithuania's Prime Minister
Today Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt received Lithuania's Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius for discussions. The agenda for the meeting included discussions on Lithuania's preparations ahead of the EU Presidency in autumn 2013, economic crisis management in Europe and bilateral issues between Sweden and Lithuania.
Increased cooperation between county councils and municipalities is to improve care for people with substance abuse and addiction problems. On 14 March the Government adopted the bill 'High quality and increased accessibility in substance abuse and addiction care'.
The global financial and debt crisis is now in its fifth year. The Government is continuing to counter the weak economic situation with a responsible fiscal policy for jobs and stability. In the 2013 Spring Fiscal Policy Bill, the Government is proposing additional measures in education, work experience, infrastructure and regional development. All in all, the Government is investing some SEK 3 billion in 2013 and 2014, the greater part of it this year.
This is now the fifth year in a row in which the global economy has been marked by crisis. This has led to a long drawn-out recession in Sweden. The Government is therefore proposing more measures to tackle unemployment and create the conditions for a stable recovery. Read more about this in the Government newsletter.
The Swedish welfare state celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The 100th anniversary of the first national pension system coincides with the largest review of the entire pension system since the pension reform in the 1990s.
On 2 April Sweden, together with a large majority of countries in the UN General Assembly, voted in favour of an international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).
"The adopted treaty is a major success for Sweden and the international community. For the first time we have a legally binding international agreement that sets standards for the international arms trade. These standards improve our prospects of reducing human suffering, which is one of the consequences of the illicit arms trade and trade that contravenes human rights and international humanitarian law," says Minister for Trade Ewa Björling.
The Government wants to find out how the application of laws and other regulations comply with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and will therefore instruct an inquiry to examine the matter. The inquiry chair will also analyse the pros and cons of incorporating the Convention on the Rights of the Child, i.e. whether it should apply as Swedish law.
"This will be a very important task that can enhance the rights of the child," says Minister for Children and the Elderly Maria Larsson.
The Government proposes that people residing in Sweden without a permit be offered the same subsidised health and medical care as asylum seekers. Adults residing in the country without a permit will be offered care that cannot be postponed, including dental care, maternity care, contraceptive counselling and abortion care.