Health insurance card

Most examinations and treatments are free, but you need to register and get a health insurance card

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Denmark has an extensive public healthcare system that offers free consultation and treatment at a local doctor’s, emergency wards and public hospitals.

If you work legally in Denmark, you are covered by the Danish health insurance system. Most examinations and treatments are free, but you need to register and get a health insurance card.

Children are covered by the health insurance scheme together with their mother or father until they reach the age of 15 and are insured independently of their parents.

When you are covered by the national health insurance, you can register with a general practitioner (GP) and receive a yellow health insurance card.

The health insurance card is documentation that you are entitled to the services offered under the national health insurance scheme.

Approximately three to four weeks after you have registered, your national health insurance card will be sent to your Danish address. The card will show your name and address, your CPR number and the name and address of your doctor.

It is advisable always to carry this card with you as it is required whenever you need to see a doctor, a dentist or go to hospital – or when you want to take out books from the library.

Last updated: 12 December 2020