Unforeseen medical treatment
Note: Residents of the other Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden) need only show a valid national ID card to prove eligibility for public healthcare in Iceland.
(Icelandic Health Insurance)
Tel: +354 515 0000
Treatment & costs
- General medical care is provided in health centres, which are located throughout Iceland and are open between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you need to consult a doctor outside of opening hours, most areas have a doctor/nurse on stand-by duty.
- You will be charged a standard fee. This is non-refundable in Iceland, but you can always seek reimbursement once you return home.
- Treatment is free of charge for children under the age of 18.
- During evenings and at weekends, treatment in the Reykjavik area can be obtained at the "Læknavaktin" centre. Tel: 1770
- For medical advice and house calls after opening hours, call 1770
- Dental treatment is provided at dental offices/health centres in most areas of Iceland.
- Generally, a standard fee is charged. This is non-refundable in Iceland, but you can always seek reimbursement once you return home.
- Children under the age of 18, state pensioners and those receiving invalidity benefits are eligible for partial reimbursement. You must provide proof of eligibility.
- Immediate admission is only possible in case of emergency.
- Generally, there is no charge for treatment provided during hospital stays (inpatient treatment).
- You will be charged a fee for treatments with no hospital stay (outpatient treatment). This is non-refundable in Iceland, but you can always seek reimbursement when you are back home.
- You can go to any pharmacy ("APÓTEK") in Iceland.
- Show your prescription and European Health Insurance Card, which proves your eligibility for state healthcare.
- Prescription charges range from 0% to 100% of the price according to standard prescription categories.
- Prescription charges are non-refundable in Iceland, but you can always seek reimbursement once you return home.
- A standard, non-refundable fee is charged for ambulance services. If you do not show your European Health Insurance Card, you will be charged the full price. This is non-refundable in Iceland, but you can always seek reimbursement once you return home.
- Standard patient fees are not refundable in Iceland. Other reimbursements are claimed from the Sjúkratryggingar Íslands office in Reykjavik.
- If you have had to pay for care, once you return home send your original receipts with your claim and proof of eligibility to your national health insurance provider. Your provider will contact Sjúkratryggingar Íslands.
- Remember to keep copies of anything you send for your records.