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Medical Treatment

  • Nordic citizens: Are covered from the day of their arrival. If you stay more than six months, you MUST register at the National Register (Folkeregistret). You must bring along the Internordic Moving Certificate from your home municipality to register.
  • EU/EEA citizens: must bring along the European health insurance card which serves as proof that they are entitled to health care in their home country and therefore also in Denmark. You are covered from the day of arrival when you have the European health insurance card.
  • Non-EU/EEA citizens: are not covered by the Danish Health Insurance Scheme until after six weeks from the day you register at the National Register. You are strongly advised to take out personal insurance to cover the first eight weeks of your stay (eight weeks in order to be sure to be covered by an insurance in case the issue of the Danish Health Service card is to be delayed).
Services included in the Danish public health insurance
  • free medical consultation from a general practitioner
  • medical consultation from specialists
  • free hospitalization
  • subsidies for medicine, dentist and chiropractor consultations – with a referral from your general practitioner - physiotherapy, podiatry and psychology consultations. The subsidy varies according to type of treatment and will be subtracted from your bill.
How to sign up

When you register at the National Register (Folkeregistret) you are asked to choose a general practitioner. You can ask a fellow student if they can recommend one; otherwise you just choose one from the list of practitioners.

A week or two after your registration, you receive a yellow health insurance card in the mail. The card will have your Danish personal registration number (cpr. no.) which also serves as your health insurance number. Remember always to bring the card when you see your doctor or your dentist. The name, address and phone number of your doctor will be printed on the card.

NB: Please notice that the Danish public health insurance only partly covers dental expenses. Nor does it cover liability and loss of personal belongings or costs of patient transport back to the student’s home country.

When you leave Denmark the yellow card must be returned to the National Register (Folkeregistret).

Stays shorter than three months

If your stay in Denmark is shorter than three months, the Danish Health Insurance Scheme does not automatically cover you. The rules applicable vary according to nationality:

  • Nordic citizens: You are covered from the day of arrival.
  • EU/EEA citizens: You are entitled to medical treatment from the day of arrival when you bring the European health insurance card.
  • Non-EU/EEA citizens: Are NOT covered by the Danish public health insurance when your stay is shorter than three months. You are therefore strongly advised to take out personal insurance to cover expenses for medical treatment during your stay in Denmark. 

International Health Insurance “Danmark” a/s, phone: 3315 3099, can advise you, if you do not have insurance from your home country. You can also visit: www.studenterforsikring.dk.

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