The right to health care

In Sweden, everyone, including undocumented migrants, have the right to acute emergency medical treatment and medical treatment that cannot wait. In 2006, Sahlgrenska hospital in Gothenburg decided that anyone seeking urgent or immediate care should receive care regardless of whether that person is able to pay or not. In 2008 the region of Västra Götalanddecided that all persons, including undocumented migrants, who are in need of emergency treatment or health care have the right to necessary treatment and health care regardless of whether they are able to pay for it.

Rosengrenska/Röda korset (Red Cross) in Gothenburg is an independent network of healthcare professionals that help any undocumented migrants in need of health care. Anyone is welcome there, also persons living outside of Gothenburg. All treatment is free of charge.

Rosengrenska hotline 0704-06 66 70 (regular mobile call charges apply).
You can also send an SMS. Text “Call me!” and your phone number, and they will call you.

For those of you who can’t get to Gothenburg, there are professionals who can help you in various other cities in the Västra Götaland region.
Skövde: Red Cross Centre 0500-42 49 95
Trollhättan: deacon Ingela Hadin 0520-47 40 36
Borås: Porten (a sister organization to the Red Cross 0735-63 20 80 or 033-10 77 21

Maternity care

If you are pregnant, you are entitled to receive prenatal care. Contact the nearest clinic (vårdcentral) and say that you are pregnant and need to get prenatal care. It’s free of charge.


In Sweden, you have the right to decide on abortion until 18 weeks of pregnancy. If you need to do an abortion, call Östra sjukhuset, or ask for help at Rosengrenska.

Östra sjukhuset 031-343 42 15. Open: Monday to Thursday 08.00-11.30 and 13.00-15.00, Friday 8.00-11.30


Östra sjukhuset förlossningsavdelning (maternity ward). 031-342 10 00. Open 24hrs.

Psychiatric care

Psychiatric emergency care for adults at Östra sjukhuset. It is open every day and you do not need an appointment.

Psychiatric emergency care for children (BUP), child psychiatry, also at Östra sjukhuset. 031-343 55 44.
Address: Vitaminvägen 17, 416 50 Göteborg. Open 24hrs.

Infectious Diseases and Sexually transmitted diseases (STD)

For tests for STDs and/or to get medicine – go to Hud och kön at Sahlgrenska. 031-343 83 31

HIV care

Infektionskliniken at Östra sjukhuset helps everyone with health care and medicine. If you need an interpreter, you must call and make an appointment  031-343 42 81. Ask someone who can speak Swedish to call and ask for an interpreter for your appointment. You can visit Infektionskliniken: Monday to Friday 8.00-17.00. No appointment necessary. If you require an interpreter you need to make an appointment.
Address: Journalvägen 10, 1st floor, Göteborg.

For telephone advice you can call directly to the nurses, Monday to Friday 8.00-17.00. Any of the following numbers apply 031-343 55 22, 031-343 48 68, 031-343 42 84.

Dental care in the Västra Götaland region

Undocumented migrants are entitled to emergency dental care even if you can not pay. There is emergency dental care in all cities in the Västra Götalands region. Dental clinics can not refuse you necessary treatment if you need emergency dental care.

The following clinics offer emergency dental care to undocumented migrants.
Gothenburg 031-80 78 00.
Open: Monday to Friday 8.00-20.00, Saturday-Sunday 8.00-16.00
Address: Odinsgatan 10, 411 03 Göteborg

Skaraborg 0500-44 71 00
Södra Älvsborg 033-616 10 00
Uddevalla 0522-920 00)


  • In case of acute illness, call the 112! The ambulance will come, the police will not be notified.
  • In case of acute illness, visit Östra sjukhuset or Sahlgrenska, they will help you.
  • You can always call 1177 (Sjukvårdsupplysningen) for support, help and advice over the phone. You can be anonymous and it’s free of charge. If you are not fluent in swedish, someone else can call for you.
  • You can always contact Rosengrenska for help or if you require someone to accompany you to the hospital.
  • Undocumented children have the right to full health care and medical treatment. Including dental treatment and vaccinations.
  • Always give your real identity in contact with the hospital/health care. The caregivers keeps a journal where your problems/disorders/injuries and information about your medications are documented. Such documentation is important to ensure you a good and safe care. The documentation is also important in case you need to prove the illness/injury in a future asylum process. Caregivers have privacy against police and the Migration Board and shall not pass on your details. If you nonetheless feel afraid to state your name, you can ask the first time you contact the hospital: ”You will not leave out my information to outside parties?”