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Health Insurance – Public

The Danish Health Security Act covers foreign nationals staying for more than three months. However, depending on where you come from, you may NOT be covered until you have registered with Citizens’ Services and been issued a CPR number and received a health insurance card. Your health insurance card is proof that you are entitled to free medical treatment, and you must take it with you every time you require health services, e.g. visit your GP or a hospital.

For information about how to obtain a CPR number, see CPR number. For information about how to get a health insurance card, see health insurance card.

Nordic citizens

Nordic citizens are automatically covered by the Danish Health Security Act.

EU/EEA citizens

If possible, you should get your European health insurance card from your local authority before leaving for Denmark. This card is proof that you are entitled to health insurance in your home country. Above all, it gives you access to free medical care in Denmark until you have been issued a CPR number and a health insurance card.

Other international residents from outside EU/EEA and non-Nordic countries

We strongly advise you to take out health insurance in your home country to cover any medical care costs until you have registered with Citizens’ Services and been issued a CPR number and a health insurance card.

International students from outside EU/EEA and non-Nordic countries

As an international student from a country outside of EU/EEA and a non-Nordic country, you are covered by the Danish Health Insurance Act as soon as you register at Citizens’ Service. You must register at Citizens’ Services within five days of your arrival in Denmark.

We strongly advise you to take out health insurance prior to your departure for Denmark to cover you until you have registered with the Danish authorities.

As soon as you have received your health insurance card, you can access the public health service through your General Practitioner. However, you will not receive your CPR number and your health insurance card until up to two weeks from the day you registered with Citizen’s Service.

If you need medical treatment during this period, you can consult the following doctor:
Ejner Kjær, Skt. Pauls Gade 3, 8000 Aarhus C. Telephone number: +45 86 12 07 64
www.doktorejner.dk.

Cover when travelling abroad

The Danish health insurance covers the cost of acute medical treatment during the first month of a vacation in Europe. You must also take your Danish health insurance card with you when you travel outside Denmark. However, please note that the health insurance does not cover the cost of repatriation for medical reasons to your home country or Denmark, emergency, repatriation, or personal liability. For this reason, we encourage you to take out travel insurance/ additional insurance prior to your departure.

What the public health insurance does not cover

The public health insurance does not cover the cost of e.g. medicine, dental care, physiotherapy, and podiatry. However, you may be eligible for a subsidy. The health insurance does not cover the cost of repatriation for medical reasons when you are abroad.
 

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