Healthcare in Denmark

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Healthcare in Denmark
Healthcare in Denmark is of a very high standard and expats moving from other first-world Western countries will not find the quality of healthcare any lower than what they are used to. The healthcare system in Denmark is comprehensive and there are numerous medical facilities to choose from throughout the country. 
 
Denmark operates under a universal healthcare scheme and all citizens have equal access to it. Most citizens use public healthcare facilities because they are of such a high standard, but private hospitals do exist for expats who prefer private care. 
 
Most of the Danish population speak English, so expats should have no problem finding an English-speaking doctor.
 

Public healthcare in Denmark

 
There are plenty of public hospitals in Denmark, so expats are spoiled for choice. Medical care is free to all Danish citizens, but certain treatments may incur additional fees. EU citizens are entitled to free healthcare in Denmark as long as they can produce a valid European Health Insurance Card. 
 
Expats who are not EU or Danish citizens will receive free emergency healthcare in Denmark, but will need to take out international health insurance for routine medical care. However, once expats become permanent residents in Denmark and have registered with Citizens’ Services, they will receive an identification number and health insurance card that gives them access to universal healthcare.
 
All expats with a health insurance card must choose a general practitioner – this GP must always be approached first before any medical treatment.
 

Private healthcare in Denmark

 
Because of the high standard of public healthcare, there are only a small number of private healthcare facilities in Denmark. However, their popularity has increased in recent years and the number is growing.
 
Private hospitals are growing in popularity because an increasing number of employers are offering their employees private health insurance, which enables use of private healthcare facilities and avoiding the waiting periods often associated with public healthcare systems. Expats should enquire with their Danish employer about their health insurance policy. 
 

Pharmacies in Denmark

 
Throughout Denmark, it's easy to find pharmacies, some of which are open 24 hours a day. 
 
Denmark’s regulations regarding medicines are strict, so expats may need a prescription for certain medicine they could get over-the-counter at home.

Prescription drugs are inexpensive for Danish and EU citizens as they are subsidised by the government.
 

Health insurance in Denmark

 
Expats moving to Denmark should take out international health insurance to cover them until they become permanent residents in Denmark. Once expats have been in Denmark for over three months they can apply for permanent residency. 
 
Expats will need to register with the National Register in their municipality to receive a CPR number and health insurance card. This card must be produced when seeking any kind of medical care in Denmark. 
 

Emergency services in Denmark

 
The emergency number in Denmark is 112. This service has operators who speak English, so expats can call an ambulance without having to speak Danish. 
 
Emergency treatment is free to anyone in Denmark, regardless of their nationality or resident status.

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