Swedish hospital reimbursement system

This online on-demand 23-minute seminar gives a comprehensive understanding of the hospital reimbursement landscape for medical devices in Sweden. Additional modules cover reimbursement of IVD tests, medical aids, and screening methods

Available as pre-recorded webinar or full presentation in Acrobat PDF

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Sweden is a common destination for innovative medical device companies.

Lack of specific reimbursement and funding barriers at national and regional level leaves decision-making about the introduction of novel technologies to hospitals. Global budget payment to hospitals also makes reimbursement challenge less relevant compared with other European countries.

Another attractive element of the system is one of the best patient registries, which enable detailed tracking of the use of technologies and outcomes research. Also, Sweden has the largest population among other Nordic countries and a good level of financing of the health care system.

However, despite the lack of formal barriers, physicians are very evidence-driven, which creates certain requirements for clinical and economic evidence. Also, the country has a large network of health technology assessment organizations, which can pose a challenge or opportunity during the introduction of a novel technology.

We offer a seminar on critical elements of the hospital reimbursement system for medical devices in Sweden that can guide your decision-making about the introduction of novel technologies into this market.

What topics are reviewed?

Key stakeholders and their role in reimbursement processes

Key stakeholders are reviewed, including payers, policy-makers (National Board of Health and Welfare), advising organizations (health technology assessment, New Therapy Council) and support bodies (developer of procedural classification/DRG system, collector of cost information to inform DRG tariffs)

Money flow and hospital payment system

Money flow and distribution of funds, an overview of the hospital payment system (DRG system and global budget), the process of development of the DRG system

Funding and health technology assessment landscape

Overview of funding framework for medical technologies (e.g., coverage in the national guidelines of the National Board of Health and Welfare), HTA landscape at the national and regional level, the activity of HTA organizations, the status of the project on managed introduction of technologies into Swedish health care system

Additional modules

Reimbursement system for in-vitro diagnostic tests

A separate comprehensive overview of the reimbursement system for IVD tests in Sweden

Organization and financing of screening methods

 A separate comprehensive overview of the organizational and financing framework of screening methods (e.g. breast and cervical cancer screening) in Sweden

Reimbursement system for medical aids

A separate comprehensive overview of the reimbursement system for medical aids in Sweden

What topics are not covered?

Some topics are not specifically covered in this seminar: reimbursement model in out-patient settings, reimbursement for medical aids (devices for home use) and in-vitro diagnostic tests, funding of capital equipment.

The introductory presentation also does not include details of reimbursement application processes (for example application form, requirements, details of the process for the creation of procedure code or DRG change).

Topics that are not covered in this seminar will be included in future courses. You can subscribe to our newsletter and inform us about your particular interests at the main page of the Market Access Academy.

How is the seminar delivered?

Option #1: Pre-recorded webinar

One option is to watch the seminar, which is provided as a pre-recorded webinar. The duration of the webinar is 23 minutes. Seminar is available for 6 months

Option #2: Presentation in Acrobat PDF

You can also access just the educational material - the full presentation of the seminar in Acrobat PDF

View extract from the seminar

This 2-minute extract presents overview of the process of introduction of novel procedures into DRG system in Sweden


Updates of the seminar

September 2021: Update of the overview of the Swedish hospital reimbursement system (updated the list of regions that use DRG system for reimbursement of hospital services, updated information on the work on health economic evaluations by TLV)

March 2021: Update of the overview of the Swedish IVD reimbursement system (new information about Orderly introduction of medical devices, introduced new stakeholders)

July 2020: Update of the overview of the Swedish reimbursement system (new information about Orderly introduction of medical devices)

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