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Judith Healy and Martin McKee

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198516187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198516187.001.0001

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Migrants

Migrants

Universal health services in Sweden

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(p.159) Chapter 10 Migrants
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Accessing Healthcare
Author(s):

Judith Healy

Martin McKee

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198516187.003.0010

The population of Sweden was relatively homogenous until the latter half of the 20th century, but recently has begun to confront the challenges of multiculturalism. Sweden maintains a universal health care system for reasons of social solidarity, with most health services provided by the twenty-one county councils. Many refugees and asylum seekers, however, need specialized mental health services given past trauma, such as torture and post-migration stress. These psychological dimensions affect their physical health, as well as their ability to access and use mainstream health services.

Keywords:   Sweden, multiculturalism, refugees, asylum seekers, mental health, trauma, post-migration stress

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