International affairs

Karolinska University Hospital is one of the top medical centers in Europe. We believe that patient care, research and education must all play equally strong roles in our effort to extend and enhance people’s lives.

Why choose Karolinska University Hospital?

As a patient at Karolinska University Hospital you will have personalized attention and always receive high quality care. We offer innovative and effective diagnosis and medical treatments for complex diseases. Our two hospital buildings with state-of-the-art equipment enable our patients to receive medical care at the highest international standards. Our aim is to offer excellent care in a safe, attractive and sustainable environment. Karolinska University Hospital is a member of 18 European Reference Networks for rare diseases.

Our vision: Patient first - together we create the best care.

As a major teaching hospital, we educate and train tomorrow's medical specialists and health care professionals. Our reputation as a medical center is based on excellent patient care, research and teaching.

How to apply for medical treatment

If you are a foreign citizen and want to travel to Stockholm for medical treatment, you should start by contacting our International Patient Office. Our Customer Service Managers at Intrenational Patient Office will help you with all the necessary steps to apply for treatment.

Get a medical second opinion from us

A medical second opinion is valuable if you have a difficult health situation or if you are unsatisfied with your treatment options. You can have medical evaluation by a specialist at our hospital to confirm your diagnosis, review your current treatment plan and explore possible treatment options at home or at Karolinska University Hospital. To request a medical second opinion you should contact our International Patient Office.

Patient service

The Customer Service Managers at International Patient Office will assist you with practical matters before, during and after your stay in Sweden. They could for example assist you in providing certificates for visa application, hotel reservations, booking of interpreters as well as arranging local transport within Stockholm.

Administration and finance

Administrative and financial matters are carried out via our International Patient Office. They are committed to handling all necessary steps in a proper and timely manner. For questions regarding cost estimate, please contact International Patient Office.

Approved forms of financing are:

  • Pre-payment or deposit payment (Self-paying patient)
  • Guarantee of Payment (Private medical insurance or Official guarantor/Payer)
  • Approved S2 form (Patients from EU financed by public health authority)

International Patient Office