Focus on Cancer Care and State Governance of Healthcare during Health Minister’s Visit to Skåne and Denmark

On October 11–12, Health Minister Acko Ankarberg Johansson will travel to Skåne and Denmark to visit the Regional Cancer Center in Lund and gain insights into the organization of the Danish healthcare system. The visit aims to facilitate the exchange of experiences and discussions on common challenges.

During the trip, the health minister will visit the Regional Cancer Center South in Lund. The meeting will cover topics such as cancer rehabilitation, early cancer detection, pediatric cancer care, and access to cancer services.

“Cancer care is a high-priority issue for the government, and the cancer strategy, now fourteen years old, is to be updated to ensure that Sweden continues to lead in the fight against cancer. Regional cancer centers have a crucial role to play in the development of cancer care and as knowledge support in the work to update the cancer strategy,” says Health Minister Acko Ankarberg Johansson.

In Denmark, the health minister will meet with representatives from Sundhedsstyrelsen and Region Hovedstaden to discuss the agency’s role and challenges, as well as how healthcare is organized in Denmark, with a focus on state governance and accessibility.

“In June, the government appointed a parliamentary inquiry to explore whether responsibility for healthcare in Sweden should be fully or partially transferred from regions to the state to achieve more equitable care nationwide. It was a historic step. Denmark has made progress, particularly in increased state governance and reduced healthcare waiting times. It’s very interesting to learn from their experiences at different levels of their reform implementation,” says Health Minister Acko Ankarberg Johansson.