Sweden — Financial coordination of rehabilitation measures
18/12/2015 Type: Case studies 4 pages

Sweden — Financial coordination of rehabilitation measures

Keywords:Ageing and OSH, Campaign 2016-2017

The decentralisation of budgets has hampered effective coordination of vocational rehabilitation in Sweden. By the end of 2013, 83 independent coordination associations were set up to coordinate the budget for vocational rehabilitation of all parties, including the Social Insurance Agency, Public Employment Service, municipalities and county councils. Financial coordination of rehabilitation measures is ongoing in 225 municipalities out of 290. The responsibilities of the coordination associations include setting objectives for financial coordination, drawing up budgets, coordination between partners, funding allocation, monitoring and evaluation of rehabilitation efforts. Interventions mainly target people under 30, those who have been on long-term sick leave and those with mental illnesses. Interventions aiming to return people to work were successful in 53 % of cases in 2013. Large-scale external evaluation shows that, for each person who returns to work, society recoups its investment in his or her rehabilitation. In addition, the sector-wide SUS monitoring system shows that 31 % of participants returned to work or training following their intervention, whereas only 11 % managed to do so before intervention. Success factors include the integrated approach among experts. This system is transferable if adjustments are made for differentiated responsibilities among national agencies. 

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