Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (Sweden)
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The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (Swedish: Socialdepartementet) is the ministry in the government of Sweden responsible for policies related to social welfare: financial security, social services, medical and health care, health promotion and the rights of children and disabled people.
The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs employs approximately 200 members of staff. About 20 of these are political appointees and 180 non-politically appointed officials. The ministry is headed by the "Minister for Health and Social Affairs", Lena Hallengren (S). The other minister who serve at the Ministry is the Minister for Social Security Annika Strandhäll (S).
The ministry offices are located at Fredsgatan 8 in central Stockholm.
Government agencies and other bodies
The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs is principal for 17 government agencies, two state-owned companies (one, Systembolaget, operating a monopoly, and another one, Apoteket, operating as a government-owned, non-monopolistic entity) and two institutes.
- Medical Products Agency, or Läkemedelsverket (LV). Responsible for regulatory control of pharmaceuticals, related medical products and drug information.
- Swedish Agency for Government Employers (SAGE), or Arbetsgivarverket. Employers' organization responsible for central negotiations with trade unions on pay and employment conditions employees in the government sector.
- Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, or Socialstyrelsen. . Supervises, plans, coordinates and monitors health, medical and social care services.
- Swedish National Board of Institutional Care, or Statens institutionsstyrelse (SiS). . Responsible for compulsory care of young offenders and young people with drug and alcohol problems at special treatment homes and institutions.
- Swedish Social Insurance Agency, or Försäkringskassan. Local administration of social insurance.
- Ombudsman for Children in Sweden, or Barnombudsmannen. Observes matters affecting the rights and interests of children and young people.
- Public Health Agency of Sweden, or Folkhälsomyndigheten. The agency has a national responsibility for public health issues, and promote good public health by building and disseminating knowledge, to health care and others responsible for infectious disease control and public health.
- Health care, health, social issues/insurance
- Housing and construction
- Religious communities
- State administration and public procurement
- Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, official website (in English)