Treatment & waiting times. About hospitals and operation latency

There are typically set maximum waiting times (operation latency) for treatment of cancer and certain cardiovascular diseases in hospitals. Going to treatment at the hospital and you have waited more than 4 weeks of treatment in the public sector, you can choose to make use of the free choice of hospital and thus free to choose treatment at a private hospital or private clinic in this country - or in one of the hospitals abroad, which has agreements with health authorities.


Treatment in hospital usually requires a referral from a physician. With a physician referral to hospital treatment, you can choose freely among all public hospitals and departments. The doctor sends the reference to the hospital of your choice. Then you will hear more from the hospital on time and place for examination and treatment. Be aware that a hospital may close for receiving patients from other regions if it is significantly longer latency than similar departments. The closure may last only until the waiting time is reduced to a reasonable level.


One month wait: Applies scheduled treatments such as cataract, artificial knee and hip operations. Beyond waiting times have you as a patient's right to choose and get paid for treatment at a private hospital. - 48 hours: Applies to patients with cancer of the lung or head and neck and in patients with colorectal cancer and breast cancer. - Acute: There issued the promise of quick treatment of cancer patients. Board of Health has organized plans to ensure national guidelines for cancer treatment.

Free choice of hospital

Do you wait longer for treatment, you get extended free choice of hospital. This means that for waiting times beyond one month, you can freely choose treatment at private hospitals and private clinics in this country and hospitals abroad, which has a special agreement with the health authorities.

Information on waiting times

Are you also referred to a treatment at a hospital with a significantly longer latency than other public hospitals, the hospital will provide you with further reference to a hospital with shorter waiting times. To make it possible to utilize the free choice of hospital and to reduce waiting times have the Board of Health established an information system waits for a range of diagnoses.

Treatment of Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases

Rules are established for maximum waiting times for hospital treatment of cancer and certain cardiovascular diseases. The rules cover both studies, treatment and aftercare. If it is not possible to get a treatment at a hospital in your region within the maximum waiting times, the region must provide you with regard to a public or private hospital somewhere else in this country or abroad. The rules for maximum waiting times for all patients with cancer.

Cancer and operation latency

It is the region's duty to organize and ensure the 'pathways' for major cancers, which is cancer of the breast, lung, head, throat and intestines. Packet stages means that the treatment must be continuous from the investigation to finish. Including subsequent radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Immediately after the hospital received the referral from your doctor, you must be told from the hospital, if you can offer treatment within the maximum waiting times for cancer and heart disease are:

  • Typically 2 business days for investigation (cancer)
  • Typically 2 weeks for prospecting (heart)
  • Typically, two weeks of operation
  • Typically, two weeks for the medical treatment
  • Typically 4 weeks for radiation therapy
  • Typically 4 weeks after treatment

Waiting times will apply from the time when the treating hospital received the referral. You should be aware that the maximum waiting times do not apply to the surveys you may have to go through before doctors can make a definitive diagnosis, such as X-ray or scan. If doctors believe that you because of your health status should be offered treatment earlier or should wait longer than provided, apply the waiting time.

Referral to another hospital

Your region is responsible for ensuring that you are offered treatment within the maximum waiting times. In some cases it is not possible to get treatment at a hospital in your region within the maximum waiting times, eg if there are capacity constraints. If so, the region must offer you treatment at another public or private hospital in this country or abroad. If the region can not find a treatment within the maximum waiting times, the region must contact the Health Authority if you wish. Board of Health will then try to find a treatment center in this country or abroad within the maximum waiting time or as soon as possible.

If a delay can not be met

In most cases, the region or the Board of Health could find a treatment within the maximum waiting times. The regions follows the capacity of individual hospitals. If in your case is not possible for either the region or the Board of Health to find a treatment within the maximum waiting times, you have the right to seek and receive treatment at a public or private hospital in this country or abroad. If you do not even want to seek treatment or can not find one, your region or the Board of Health refer you for treatment as soon as possible. The rules on maximum waiting times do not include alternative therapy or treatment that has a research or experimental nature.

European Union (EU): Healthcare and medical treatment abroad

It is the region responsible for organizing hospital treatment abroad, including contact with the foreign hospital. The region must ensure that information from the file being sent, and it must provide transportation, accommodation and interpreters. The region will pay the cost of treatment and cost of transportation and necessary subsistence outside the region or abroad for reference by these rules. - Click Healthcare and patient's right within the EU (Patients Rights eu) >>

Refusal of treatment

If for personal reasons cancels an offer date of treatment, the hospital has no obligation to provide a new treatment within the maximum waiting time. The hospital should be offered treatment as soon as possible. Let your doctor advise you if you have questions about medical facilities.


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