Thoraxoperation. Foto: Roger Lundholm

National specialised medical care

National specialised medical care is publicly financed healthcare run at a maximum of five centres in the country, where only a small number of care providers in the country fulfil the requirements for competence and availability. It consists of healthcare for uncommon medical conditions which require highly specialised staff and, sometimes, advanced equipment.

The purpose of national specialised medical care is for the healthcare to be more effective and of higher quality by being concentrated in a small number of hospitals.

The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare investigates and decides what treatment should come under the banner of national specialised medical care. The regions can then apply for authorisation to carry out the healthcare. The national specialised medical care board decides which hospitals are chosen.

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