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Choosing Your General Practitioner

In Denmark you access the public health system through your general practitioner (GP). You are required to choose a GP located within a 15 kilometers radius of your registered address. If you request a GP located more than 15 kilometers from where you live, you must bring along a written acceptance from the GP to Citizens’ Services. Furthermore, the GP you choose must be able to take on new patients.

Special rules for choosing a General Practitioner

Note: You are entitled to choose between at least two doctors in your area.

Children under the age of 15 normally have the same general practitioner (GP) as their parents. If the parents have different GPs, the children usually have the same GP as the mother, unless otherwise agreed.

If you move to a new address

If you move to a new address, you are required to register your new address at Citizens’ Services in the municipality you move to. If you move to a new municipality or more than 15 kilometers away from where your general practitioner is located, you will need to choose a new general practitioner (GP). When you have registered your new address and chosen a GP, you will receive a new Health Insurance Card, where the name and address of your GP will be stated.

Changing your general practitioner

You can change your general practitioner (GP) by contacting Citizens’ Services in the municipality in which you live. It takes 14 days from Citizens’ Services have received your request, before it is set into practice. Note: If you change GP without moving to a new address at least 15 kilometers from where your current GP is located, a DKK 190 fee applies, as you will need a new Health Insurance Card.

Contacts and further information

You can find the address and phone number to your Municipality´s Citizens’ Services centre(s) at

If you live in Aarhus, you can meet Aarhus Municipality’s Citizens’ Services and get assistance with acquiring a CPR number at International Citizen Service on Thursdays from 13:00 to 17:00 and Fridays from 11:00 to 13:00. For more information go to International Citizen Service.

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