Sweden, Kingdom of
Claes Ivgren DVM
Swedish Armed Forces
107 85 Stockholm
Basic Task of the Military Medical Service
The main task for the Military Medical Service is to protect, maintain and restore the health of the Swedish soldiers. Wherever they are on mission in the world, soldiers are to receive at least the same level of treatment they would get in Sweden.
Military Surgeon General and the Chief Medical Doctor main tasks are:
• Medical intelligence, Preventive Medicine and Medical Care and Rehabilitation.
• Issuing of Regulations and Instructions for the different services.
• Development of the Medical branch in Swedish Armed Forces.
Regional Medical Facilities
SWAF has only a small number of full time qualified medical personnel employed. Most of the qualified personnel are contracted civilians engaged only part time.
Sweden has no military hospitals Role 3–4. The military medical service Role 3–4 is fully integrated in the civilian health care system and university hospitals. The cooperation is well developed with University clinics, academies and research institutions.
Institutes and Training
Education and training of qualified Medical personnel is conducted at the Centre for Defense Medicine in Gothenburg which is also responsible for recruitment and development. Aviation Medicine including Dynamic Flight Simulator and pilot survival training is conducted in Linköping. Centre for Diving Medicine is situated in Karlskrona. The Logistic Regiment in Skövde is a joint armed forces unit that supports other military units in the SAF with ammunition, fuel, supplies and medical care. The Regiment also incorporates the Armed Forces' Logistics College – a logistics, traffic and driving school.
Sweden has been engaged in a number of international missions and exercises. The Swedish military health care system is compatible with NATO standards and has proved itself to be well functioning in an international context. Level 1+ deployed in Mali (MINUSMA) since 2015 based on container system.
Sweden has a small number of RW MEDEVAC units manned by anesthetists and anesthetic nurse.Sweden has no Hospital ships.
Other Special Aspects
Military Medical Society