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Started medical treatment in Spain, moving back to Sweden, need to finish treatment in Spain


I am a Swedish citizen through marriage, but we currently live in Spain.

I have started a long treatment plan to correct a pathology in my temporalmandibular joints (TMJ). This treatment involves 1 - 1.5 years of orthodontics, which I have recently started and have paid for privately, but will culminate in needing Orthognatic surgery performed on my upper and lower jaw.

My wife and I need to move back to Sweden because of her work in the near future, once the Covid situation stabilises. My treatment will not have ended by then so I will need to come back to Spain for the surgery, since my surgeon and orthodontist are based here.

Since this will happen once I am no longer a Spanish resident and have become a Swedish resident, I anticipate having to apply for an S2 form in order to have the surgery covered by Försäkringskassan. Is this correct?

A few questions:

-Since there is no such thing as private healthcare in Sweden, am I correct in assuming that this type of surgery would be done without cost to me if performed in Sweden?

-If the above is true, How can I make sure this surgery would remain cost free when I need to come back to Spain to have it performed?

Thank you for the help!


  • Hello Nicholas!

    Thank you for your post! Generally you need to be socially insured in Sweden first in order to know if you can be entitled to get medical care abroad. You can read more on medical care abroad here.  However, this is a public forum where we reply only to general questions in English.

    Therefore, we advice you to contact our customer center by calling to            0771 524 524 (For English press 8) to get reply if you have specific   individual questions.

    Our telephone lines are open the following hours:

    Monday – Friday 8.00 am — 4.00 pm

    Best regards,

    Adem Administrative officer

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