Health and medical care

If you are resident in Denmark, and registered with the civil registration office (i.e. have received a CPR number), you are entitled to a number of health care benefits from the Danish health care system. These include free-of-charge treatment provided by your general practitioner, specialists and at all public hospitals.







Denmark has an extensive public health system, including doctors, medical specialists, hospitals, health service, home care, health visitor services, paediatric dental care, and more. A visit to the doctor and hospitalisation in connection with illness is always free of charge. Moreover, it is possible to get a referral to see a specialist free of charge. For certain specialist like physiotherapists and psychologists there may be a user fee.


Dental treatment for adults is not covered by the public health insurance and registering with a dentist is your own responsibility. The public health system may give a supplementary subsidy to certain dental treatments. The money will be discounted on the invoice you receive from the dentist. Children under the age of 18 have the right to public dental treatment managed through the schools and/or the dentist. Alongside dental care, glasses and contact lenses are also not covered by the public health insurance.


Medicine is generally partially subsidised if it is by prescription from your general practitioner. The subsidy will be discounted automatically when you pay for the medicine at the pharmacy. If you have a chronic illness and need larger amounts of medicine, you can talk to your general practitioner about possibilities for further public subsidies.