Abstract:Sweden is currently undertaking a series of extensive reforms to address long‐term structural problems with its sickness and disability policies. A new sick‐leave process with a much stricter timeline for work‐capacity assessment has been put in place to facilitate the return to work. The changes are far‐reaching and in the right direction but given the breadth of reform and the size of the problem, implementation remains a big challenge. More could and needs to be done to ensure that the reforms live up to their promise. In particular, financial incentives remain weak for most players, particularly employers and the health system. Co‐operation among the key institutional actors also needs to be strengthened in some areas.
Document Type: Review Article
Publication date: 2010-08-01