As an international student and resident in Denmark you will benefit from our quality healthcare system which offers equal and universal access for all Danish residents.
The Danish healthcare system offers equal and universal access for all residents. So when in need of medical treatment while studying in Denmark you will receive quality care. As a resident in Denmark, you will enjoy access to free medical examinations and treatments with some exceptions, such as dental care and physiotherapy. To become a resident you must obtain a residence permit (for non-EU/EAA citizens) and must register with the Civil Registration System (CPR – see below).
What happens if you get ill away from home?
In accordance with the Danish Health Act, non-residents are entitled to emergency hospital care free of charge in the event of an accident, childbirth, acute illness or sudden aggravation of a chronic disease. All other healthcare services must be paid for by you or your insurance. If you intend to stay in Denmark for more than 3 months you should register with the Civil Registration System as soon as possible (see below). Please note: The Danish public healthcare system does not cover transportation to your home country in the event of illness.
Health insurance through the Civil Registration System
When registering with the Civil Registration System you must choose whether you want to be insured in Group 1 or Group 2. If you choose Group 1 you will be asked to choose a GP (general practitioner) who will refer you to a specialist when necessary. Care offered by GPs and specialists is free of charge for those in Group 1. If you choose to be insured in Group 2 you will not be assigned a specific GP but will enjoy access to any GP or specialist on request. However, only a part of the costs for treatment in Group 2 is reimbursed. Roughly 98% of Danish residents are insured in Group 1.
Upon registration with the Civil Registration System, you will receive a national health insurance card (‘sundhedskort’). It must be presented at all visits to doctors, hospitals and at pharmacists when collecting prescription drugs. The card is your proof that you are entitled to all public healthcare services in Denmark. The card states your name, address and your Civil Personal Registration (CPR) number as well as the name and address of your doctor. It also provides healthcare coverage for up to one month on holiday trips within the EU/EEA and Switzerland.
If you need non-emergency medical treatment during weekends, public holidays or after 4 pm on weekdays, you must contact the local doctor-on-call service. The number can be found in your local telephone directory or on the website of your local municipality. You can also visit sundhed.dk or laegevagten.dk
NOTE! In the event of an emergency, call the emergency services at 112.