Gym membership reimbursement, the health promotion hour, debit cards and partial reimbursement of healthcare and medication costs: find out more about the benefits to which you are entitled as an employee at Lund University.

On this page, you can find out more about your benefits:

Health promotion 

The University reimburses the cost of health promotion, such as a gym membership, up to a certain amount. The benefit is offered to all employees, including fixed-term employees and substitutes. The University’s hope is that this will

  • lead to increased well-being at work,
  • create a pleasant workplace with a good sense of community,
  • reduce absence due to illness, and
  • prevent and minimise occupational injuries.

Read more about health promotion reimbursement and how to apply for it

You are also entitled to a health promotion hour, which entails a maximum of 60 minutes of health promoting activity per week in the case of full-time employment.

Read more about the health promotion hour and how to report it

Reimbursement of healthcare and medication cost

You are entitled to reimbursement for certain healthcare and medication costs. A condition for the reimbursement of healthcare and medication costs is that the costs are registered in the high-cost database and with a high-cost card, which occurs automatically if you are registered. (If you are not registered, the pharmacy can assist you).

Medication covered by high-cost protection is categorised as subsidised (inom förmån) or non-subsidised, (egenavgift) and you receive a prescription specification for these purchases. You do not receive any reimbursement for over-the-counter medicines that you buy at the pharmacy. You are reimbursed for healthcare costs that are covered by high-cost protection.    

Applications for reimbursement are to be done in SSC Primula under the menu My Page – Compensations/Fees. Original receipts/prescription specifications must show the date, amount paid, your name and the healthcare provider. Original receipts are to be sent together with an expense report to Human Resources, internal mailing code 31.

To send the receipts via regular mail, the address is:

Lunds universitet
Sektionen HR
Box 117
221 00 Lund
Label the envelope “For review”

You must request reimbursement for the costs of healthcare and medication at the latest two years after the date on which you incurred the expense. After that, your right to reimbursement for past expenses expires. Remember that the reimbursement is a taxable benefit.

Dental, medical and psychological care

Costs incurred for medical care, dental care in the form of oral surgery and psychological treatment are reimbursed to a maximum of SEK 95 per treatment session. Medical care refers to examinations and treatment provided by doctors qualified to practise in Sweden and to issue doctor’s certificates requested by the employer.

Oral surgery refers to treatment provided by a hospital or odontological faculty.

Psychological treatment refers to treatment provided by a registered psychiatrist, psychologist or psychotherapist, on referral from a doctor. 


Costs for physiotherapy are reimbursed by the employer to a maximum of SEK 55 per session.

Physiotherapy refers to treatment provided by a registered physiotherapist, on referral from a doctor. 

Hospital care

Costs for hospital care are reimbursed by the employer to a maximum of SEK 70 per day

If you get ill during a business trip abroad, the University will reimburse reasonable and, if possible, documented costs for medical care, dental care and medication.

Right to reimbursement in case of authorised leave

In some cases, you can be entitled to reimbursement of healthcare costs even when on unsalaried leave. This applies during the first 30 days of the leave, during parental leave while parental benefit supplement is being paid out and during sick leave or leave with temporary parental benefit.

Annual leave

Besides the benefits set out in the law on annual leave, University employees have additional days of annual leave. They have a total of between 28 and 35 days, depending on age.

Read more about annual leave

Entertainment and gifts

Entertainment is a natural part of the University’s contact with wider society. All entertainment is to be conducted in a restrained and judicious manner. There must always be a direct connection with the University’s activities. In certain cases, employees taking part in entertainment events may be subject to tax on benefits.

Gifts are regulated by the Swedish Tax Agency’s provisions on certain benefits in the calculation of tax deductions and payroll tax. In certain cases, as the recipient of a gift, you may be subject to tax on benefits. Christmas gifts, jubilee gifts and mementos from the employer have a special exemption from taxation, on condition that the value of the gift does not exceed the amount set by the Swedish Tax Agency. 

Read more about entertainment and gifts on the LU Finance website, in Swedish

Debit/charge cards

If, as an employee, you have work-related expenses, you are offered a Eurocard (charge card) with personal liability instead of travel advances. The Eurocard can also be used privately. 

Read more about debit/charge cards


Your right to the benefits above is regulated in the General Agreement on Pay and Benefits (Villkorsavtalet) and the General Agreement on Pay and Benefits-T (Villkorsavtalet-T). The latter applies only to employees who are members of the Saco-S employee organisation whereas the former applies to all other employees.

The Job Transition Agreement

The Job Transition Agreement is a benefit for employees who are made redundant after being employed for at least 12 months at the same public authority.

It also applies in certain cases to people whose fixed-term employment comes to an end.

You must have been employed for two years in a row to take advantage of certain benefits. The support increases after a minimum of three years’ continuous employment, and further again if you have been employed for six years over a seven-year period.

The Job Security Foundation can help with support and advice as well as financial compensation in certain cases, among other things. Employees with indefinite-term employment also have longer notice periods.

Read more about the Job Transition Agreement on the website of the Swedish Agency for Government Employers, in Swedish

Contact your closest HR officer if you want to know more about the Job Transition Adjustment Agreement.

Read more about the Job Transition Agreement on the website of the Swedish Agency for Government Employers, in Swedish


Please contact your line manager or the human resources officer within your department/faculty or equivalent.

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