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Accessing healthcare in Denmark

You will be treated on the same basis as a resident of Denmark. Remember, each country’s health system is different and might not include all the things you would expect to get free of charge from the NHS. This may mean that you have to make a patient contribution to the cost of your care. You may be able to seek reimbursement for this cost when you are back in the UK.

It is important that you ensure that you are treated by a state healthcare provider as you will not be covered for private healthcare. You should be particularly careful if the healthcare arrangements have been made by a hotel or travel representative. Any costs incurred for private healthcare are non-refundable.

People who do not have UK, EU, EEA or Swiss nationality are not covered in Denmark. Treatment in a public hospital is, however, given free of charge when someone is in involved in an accident, suffers a sudden illness, gives birth, or suffers a sudden aggravation of a chronic disease.

 

Where to get information while in Denmark

You should get in touch with your local municipality, also know as Kommune.

 

Emergency numbers

In case you find yourself in an emergency during your stay in Denmark, dial 112. You might want to save the number in your phone.

 

Treatment, coverage and costs

Doctors

Consultations with your doctor are covered. However, you should ask if the doctor is registered with the Danish public health service and show your EHIC as you may be charged for some medical care otherwise. You can claim back the full amount of the doctor’s consultation should you have been charged.

Dentists

Consultations with your dentist are covered. However, you should ask if the dentist is registered with the Danish public health service and show your EHIC as you may be charged for some medical care otherwise. If you have been charged the full price, you might be able to claim back part of certain dental costs. These charges are non-refundable in Denmark but you may be able to seek reimbursement when you are back in the UK.

Hospital treatment

Hospital medical treatment is free of charge. It will normally be arranged by a doctor. If you cannot see one, show your EHIC to the hospital authorities on admission and ask them to arrange free medical treatment for you.

Prescriptions

You will be charged for prescribed medicines. Refund rates for approved medicines may vary. There are no refunds of expenditure under DKK 445 for patients over 18. For children, however, you can apply for up to 50% expenditure refunds. This is non-refundable in Denmark but you may be able to seek reimbursement when you are back in the UK.

You will be given a special card to register your prescription purchases when you visit a pharmacy.  If not, keep all your prescriptions and original receipts and apply for a refund at the local municipality (Kommune).

Ambulance

The use of an ambulance or a 'Special Sick Vehicle', in emergencies, is free of charge.

Air ambulance

There are no special rules for transport by air ambulance.

 

Making healthcare arrangements in advance

The most common treatments or conditions that require advanced arrangements are listed below. For all other conditions or treatments, you should consult your doctor. Remember, for all treatments abroad you must present your EHIC.

Oxygen therapy

Ensure your EHIC is valid before you travel. In most cases you will have to use the authorised oxygen company for the country you are travelling to. You’ll also have to make your own arrangements, including arranging for permission from your hotel to deliver and install the equipment. There may also be additional costs that the EHIC will not cover.

Your home oxygen supplier is not required to provide a service outside the UK, however, most suppliers will be able to advices you on what to do. Your oxygen treatment clinic will organise your home oxygen supply from one of these suppliers:

Air Liquid: Call them on:

  • 0808 143 9991 for London
  • 0808 143 9992 for North West
  • 0808 143 9993 for East Midlands
  • 0808 143 9999 for South West

Air Products: covers Yorkshire and Humberside, West Midlands and Wales. Call them on 0800 373 580.

BOC: covers the East and North East of England. Call them on 0800 136 603.

Dolby Vivisol: covers the South of England. Call them on 0500 823 773.

The British Lung Foundation (BLF) may have additional oxygen contacts for the country you are travelling to. Their website offers general advice about how to make travel arrangements, including advice on:

Ensure you allow plenty of time to make all your arrangements before you travel.

Dialysis

You need to speak to the co-ordinator in your UK Dialysis Unit who will contact the dialysis unit in Denmark nearest to where you will be staying. The provision of dialysis will be subject to availability in Denmark.

 

Leisure or business - using your EHIC in Denmark

Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will enable you to access state provided healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes free. It will cover you for treatment that is needed in order to allow you to continue your stay until your planned return. It also covers you for treatment of pre-existing medical conditions and for routine maternity care provided the reason for your visit is not specifically to give birth.

How to claim refunds

Contact the local municipality office (Kommune). You will need to show your UK passport or EHIC and all your prescriptions and original receipts. If you have had to pay for the cost of your care and have been unable to claim a refund while you are away you should contact the Overseas Healthcare Team (Newcastle) on 0191 218 1999 on your return to the UK. However, this process will take considerably longer than claiming for a refund in Denmark.

 

Living in Denmark

If you're receiving a UK state pension, or in receipt of long-term incapacity benefit, you may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK. You will need to apply for an E121, which you should then present to the health authorities in Denmark.

However, if you move to Denmark to live but not work and do not receive a UK benefit, you may be eligible for up to two-and-a-half years of state healthcare cover, paid for by the UK. In this case, you will need to apply for an E106.

For more details on how to apply for an E121 or E106, visit the  'Moving abroad' section.

How to register your E121 or E106

In both cases, you should contact the National Registration Office (Folkregister) for the municipality you will be living.

How to register with a GP or dentist

When registering at the National Registration Office you will be asked if you wish to use insurance group , which allows you to register with a specific GP. Those choosing insurance group 2 do not need to register with a specific GP as you can go to any doctor or specialist. However, you will need to pay part of the doctor's fee.

Registration with a dentist is not necessary.

 

Working in Denmark

This section applies if you have been issued with an E106.

How to register your E106

You should contact the National Registration Office (Folkregister) for the municipality you will be living.

How to register with a GP or dentist

When registering at the National Registration Office you will be asked if you wish to use insurance group , which allows you to register with a specific doctor. Those choosing insurance group 2 do not need to register with a specific doctor as you can go to any docotr or specialist. However, you will need to pay part of the doctor's fee.

The registration with a dentist is not necessary.

 

Am I still eligible for treatment under the NHS?

UK citizens registered in another EEA country and using an E106 or E121 are not automatically eligible for free treatment in the UK.

You should also visit the 'Planned treatment abroad' section for detailed information.

 

Page last reviewed: 23/06/2011

Next review due: 23/06/2013

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