Medical treatment abroad
- Residents of the Nordic countries; Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden only need to show a valid ID card to access health care in Denmark.
- British citizens only need to show their British passport to access health care in Denmark
Local GP emergency service (lægevagt) outside normal office hours
For general information on healthcare in Denmark see:
Staying in Denmark? How do you get help in case of illness.
National Agency for Patient Rights and Complaints
International Health Insurance
Tel: +45 72 26 94 90
Fax: +45 72 28 66 01
Treatment & costs
- You should contact a doctor who has a contract with the Danish public health care as their services are free.
- Specialist consultations are free of charge if you have a referral from a doctor covered by a contract with the public health care
- Contact any dentist who has a contract with the public healthcare
- The public health care reimburses up to 40% of costs for certain treatments
- In case of emergencies you can contact the casualty ward (skadestue) in a public hospital
- In some of the five regions you need to arrange for the consultation beforehand. Information on how to access acute hospital help in the five regions can be found on www.borger.dk under Skadestue.
- In non-acute cases you need a referral from a doctor.
- Show your prescription from the doctor, hospital or specialist in any pharmacy
- The reimbursement is calculated on the basis of the actual annual consumption of prescribed medicines.
- Foreigners will get a special card with a unique number the first time they buy medicine in Denmark.
- Show this card at any further purchase of medicine for calculation of the reimbursement.
- No reimbursement of annual costs below a fixed limit.
- Ambulance or a 'Special Sick Vehicle', in emergencies, is free.
- There are no special rules for transport by air ambulance.
If you did not show your card and have paid the full price for treatment/s you can get the reimbursement from the public healthcare from the municipality (kommunen) you are visiting.
- Show all original bills, receipts and referrals
- Show your European Health Insurance Card
- Present all your bank account details (IBAN and SWIFT / BIC code)
If you have been unable to claim a refund during your stay in Denmark, you should contact your national health insurance provider when you return home to claim a reimbursement.