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Unforeseen medical treatment - Denmark


  • Residents of Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden need only show a valid national ID card to obtain free healthcare in Denmark.


  • Call 112 at any time

Outside office hours
For information on out-of-hours medical services

General information on healthcare in Denmark
How to get help if you are ill

Or contact:

Styrelsen for Patientsikkerhed

The Danish Patient Safety Authority
International Health Insurance
Finsensvej 15
2000 Frederiksberg
Tel: +45 72 26 94 90
Fax: +45 72 28 66 01


Treatment, coverage & costs


  • Treatment is provided free of charge by doctors working under a contract with the public health insurance scheme.
  • To obtain treatment by a specialist, yhou usually need a referral from a general practititioner.
  • Find a doctor (praktiserende læge) in the list of healthcare providers (in Danish)


  • The cost will be lower if you consult a dentist working under a contract with the public health insurance scheme.
  • Certain preventive treatments and fillings are reimbursed up to 40%.
  • Dentures, crowns, etc. are not reimbursed.
  • Find a dentist (tandlæge) in the list of healthcare providers (in Danish)

Hospital treatment


  • Take your prescription from to any pharmacy.
  • The first time you buy medicine in Denmark, you will receive a special card with a unique number.
  • Show this card whenever you purchase medicine so your reimbursement can be calculated.
  • Whether or not you are reimbursed depends on how much prescription medicine you consume in a given year. You will not be reimbursed if the value of your annual consumption falls below a fixed minimum (in 2016: DKK 935/year).


  • Call 112 if you need an ambulance.
  • The ambulance service (or a 'special vehicle for patients', særligt sygekøretøj is free in emergencies.

Air ambulance

  • There are no special rules for transport by air ambulance.


If you have to pay the full price for treatment, you may seek reimbursement from the public healthcare in the municipality ('kommunen') you are visiting. Find the local municipality on, “Vælg kommune” (at the top of the page - Danish only).

  • Show all original bills, receipts and referrals
  • Show your European Health Insurance Card
  • Give your bank account details (IBAN and SWIFT / BIC code)

If you were unable to submit a claim during your stay, contact your national health insurance provider once you return home.

Patient contribution

Hospital treatment and treatment by a doctor or specialist (if you have a doctor's referral) is free of charge.


The public health system reimburses up to 40% of costs for certain treatments. Dentures, crowns, etc. are not reimbursed.


  • Reimbursement is calculated on the basis of your actual annual consumption of prescribed medicines.
  • No reimbursement below a fixed limit (in 2016: DKK 935/year) (60% reimbursement for under 18s).
  • Foreigners get a special card with a unique number the first time they buy medicine in Denmark. This card must be shown whenever you buy medicine so the reimbursement can be calculated.
  • For reimbursement rates for medicines bought outside Denmark see the website of the Danish Medicines Agency (Lægemiddelstyrelsen).

Dialysis, oxygen & chemotherapy

  • If you know you will need hospital treatment during your stay in Denmark, you must arrange it well in advance.
  • Private treatment is only covered if you are referred from a public hospital.
  • Public hospitals may refuse to arrange treatment because of capacity problems.
  • For questions on transport costs contact the hospital.

Loss of card

Contacts for holders of EHICs issued in Denmark

  • Udbetaling Danmark will issue a provisional replacement certificate.
  • In urgent cases, it can be faxed to the country in which you are staying.

You may contact:

Udbetaling Danmark

International Health Insurance

Kongens Vænge 8

3400 Hillerød


Tel. +45 7012 8081