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7. Health and Well-Being

7.8 Current debates and reforms

Quality health care for children and young people

The government has in December 2019 commissioned a special investigator to review the conditions of health care for children and young people. The purpose of the assignment is to attain a more equal health care with preventative and health-promoting efforts for children and young people throughout the country. The intention is also to relieve the specialized child and adolescent psychiatry.

Evaluations have shown that the fragmentation of and lack of access to health care often results in children and young people falling between the cracks. This is especially true for children and young people with mental health problems. Children and young people with mental health problems are at risk of deficiencies in coordination and an incoherent care chain. What more, primary care does not always have the capacity and competence to care for young people and families in crisis.

According to the Government, the roles and responsibilities of various health care actors and professionals should be clarified. Today, the coordination of children and adolescents' care contacts is often handled by parents or other relatives, which is not a good solution. That is why the Government now starts an investigation on the preconditions for a coordinated and accessible care for children and young people.

The investigator shall, inter alia:

  • investigate the conditions for a coordinated, efficient and accessible health care of good quality for children and young people, and propose how such a reform can be implemented;
  • assess how children and young people with minor mental health problems can be offered support to a greater extent than currently, for example by introducing a new intervention in primary health care;
  • propose how a comprehensive follow-up of the physical and mental health of children and young people can be developed, supporting both health promotion and the design and content of health care;
  • promote the development of a continuous and accessible heath care for children and young people at regional and local level.

Work on the prerequisites for a coordinated and accessible health care for children and young people and the development of efficient and accessible health care of good quality for children and young people with, among other things, mental health problems shall be reported no later than 1 May 2021. Other parts of the assignment will be reported no later than October 1, 2021.