Purchase of public healthcare services in Denmark

You may purchase healthcare services in Denmark if you have a public health insurance in another Member State

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If you are covered by the public health insurance scheme in another EU-country, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, the public hospitals in Denmark can offer you treatment against payment. 

However, a referral from a general practitioner (GP), specialist or another health professional is required. A GP or a health professional in your home country or another EU-country, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein can issue the referral.

In some cases, it is required that the referral is issued by a specialist in a particular field. Ask the hospital whether the treatment you are seeking requires a referral from a specialist.

After the receipt of your referral, the hospital are required to inform you within eight weekdays of the date and place of your examination or treatment. 

The regional authorities are responsible for the public hospitals in Denmark.

You can find the public hospitals in Denmark on the websites of the five regions:

Please note that the hospital may refuse to accept you due to lack of capacity e.g. if they have a long waiting time for the treatment you require. If the hospital refuses to accept you due to lack of capacity, they must inform you within eight weekdays. 

The Danish regions and the municipalities offer a number of public healthcare services against payment, for instance:

  • Consultations and treatments by GPs and other specialists
  • General dental care for children and young adults up to the age of 18 or specialised dental care for children and young adults with special dental issues
  • Municipal-based physiotherapy (subject to referral by a GP)
  • Rehabilitation after discharge from the hospital, provided a doctor has assessed that rehabilitation is required. 

Please note that there may be limited access to regional or municipal healthcare services due to lack of capacity, e.g. they have a long waiting list and your treatment will result in the postponement of other patients.

Regional and municipal healthcare services must be provided on the same terms and at the same costs as for Danish insured citizens. 

The healthcare provider, such as the hospital, clinic or other medical establishments, must inform you of the price for your treatment, before the treatment takes place. Payment will be charged in connection with or immediately after you have received the treatment. If you need an interpreter, you may be charged a fee for the interpreter assistance. You may also be asked to pay a deposit for the treatment.

The patient advisers in the regional National Contact Points can provide information on the price for the specific treatment, you need.

If you wish to receive planned treatment in Denmark, you will have to make the arrangements yourself, including finding a Danish healthcare provider, who offer the treatment, you need, and has the capacity to receive you. 

You may be asked to provide documentation about your public health insurance cover e.g. by presenting a valid European Health Insurance Card.

The regional National Contact Point in the Danish region where you are considering treatment, can give you information on your options and rights as a patient in Denmark. 

Last updated: 12 December 2020