Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs is responsible for issues concerning social welfare. This means promoting people’s health and ensuring that sick people receive the care they need. The Ministry’s area of responsibility includes insurance schemes that give people financial security when they are sick or elderly, or when their children are young. Issues such as individual and family care, support for people with disabilities and care of the elderly are also included. The Ministry also works on rights for people with disabilities and on issues related to the premium pension system.
News from Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
About the COVID-19 virus, 4 March
Sweden is still in an extraordinary situation. Read more about the recommendations and decisions in the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs’ policy areas of public health, medical care, social care and social insurance. The date in the title indicates when the article was written.
COVID-19 Act allows stronger communicable disease control measures
The Government has adopted a Government Bill for a temporary Act to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The legislation is intended to give the Government the authority to adopt more binding communicable disease control measures than was previously possible. The Act entered into force on 10 January 2021 and is in effect until 30 September 2021.
Content from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
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Sweden’s national life sciences strategy
"Sweden aims to be a leading life sciences nation. Life sciences contribute to improving health and quality of life of the population, ensuring economic prosperity, advancing the country as a leading knowledge nation and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."
Evaluation of the measures to tackle the outbreak of the virus that causes the disease COVID-19, Dir. 2020:74
A Committee of Inquiry in the form of a Commission will be tasked with evaluating the measures taken by the Government, the administrative agencies concerned, the regions and the municipalities to limit the spread of the virus that causes the disease COVID-19 and the effects of its spread.
About the COVID-19 virus: for older people, people with health conditions and health and social care staff, 25 September
Here you can read more about current measures in health and social care and health and social care staff. This is the fifth article in a series about the work of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in response to the COVID-19 virus.
Reforms to increase welfare in the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs’ areas of responsibility – the Budget Bill for 2021
In the Budget Bill for 2021, the Government presents a range of proposals in the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs’ areas of responsibility to increase welfare in Sweden. The Government’s proposals are based on an agreement between the government parties, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.
Plan for the event of new outbreaks of COVID-19
The number of people falling seriously ill with COVID-19 has decreased recently, but according to the Public Health Agency of Sweden there is a risk that new local and regional outbreaks could occur in Sweden. The Public Health Agency of Sweden, the National Board of Health and Welfare, the Medical Products Agency, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency and the county administrative boards have therefore been instructed by the Government to produce a plan for the event of new outbreaks of COVID-19.
About the COVID-19 virus: for older people, people with health conditions and health and social care staff, 24 June
Here you can read more about current measures in health and social care and health and social care staff. This is the fourth article in a series about the work of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in response to the COVID-19 virus.
Swedish experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the whole world and represents a global challenge the likes of which we have not seen for decades. All affected countries are now trying to solve the crisis with as few negative consequences as possible for people’s lives and health.
Key acts and ordinances entering into force in mid-2020
This compilation contains a selection of acts and ordinances – both new and amended – that enter into force in mid-2020.
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Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren on the Swedish COVID-19 strategy
At a press briefing on June 11, Lena Hallengren, Minister for Health and Social Affairs, summarised three months of transmission of COVID-19 in Sweden.