Learn about the different services you can access through the Danish Healthcare System and some of the special characteristics it has.

Many incoming families can find this system a very particular one, due to the vast differences it might have when compared to other practices in different countries. Reason why we strongly recommend you to revise all the different aspects of it and learn how to navigate through the different entities in order to avoid inconveniences when accessing it.

All residents in Denmark are entitled to have a GP (General Practitioner), which is selected at the moment of registering at the citizen services office. If coming as a family, you can request the same GP for all the members of the household.

This professional will be the one seeing you for regular checkups both for adults and children. The GP is also the one referring you to a specialist for further examination and can also admit you to the hospital if need be.

In order to make appointments just call to your doctors office or make an online appointment if that is available. Be aware that many clinics/doctors will be answering the phones during the first working hours to do telephone consultations, so many times if you call very early you will be put on a waiting line that can be anywhere from a couple of minutes to half an hour or more.

At the time of registering as a resident in Denmark you will receive the ‘yellow card’, officially named ‘Sundhedskortet’, which contains your personal identification number (CPR), the name and address of your GP and your personal data.

It is a very important document to carry all the time, as it will not only be necessary every time you visit your doctor’s office, emergency room and the hospital, but it is also a document that is regularly required for doing other type of personal errands such as signing up for a gym, picking up packages at the post office, among others.

Note: some GPs will have waiting lists, reason why you would need to find another practitioner based on location or recommendations.

Be sure to check the information contained in the Emergencies, Good to Know and Related Links tab in order to acquire additional knowledge on any of these topics.

This service in Denmark is free of charge for all children between the ages of 0 and 18 years old. In average they have a checkup every 6 months after the age of 3, and among these services they can access an orthodontia treatment and oral surgery.

However when it comes to adults, anyone requiring dentistry services will have to find a private clinic/doctor for this on the directory or on internet. Prices among the professionals of this field will vary, so be sure to check a couple before choosing one.

Normal working hours of dentist offices are between 8am and 4pm. In case you need assistance after these hours or you are having an emergency then you need to contact the emergency dentist, or ‘tandlægevagten’. Read more about it in the Emergencies tab.

The fees for the procedures will vary according to some variables such as your age or if you are a student or not. This will be reflected at the time of paying for the services and such reductions will happen automatically. Be sure to ask at the dentist of your choice whether you are entitled to any discount or not, just to be sure.

Be sure to check the information contained in the Emergencies, Good to Know and Related Links tab in order to acquire additional knowledge on any of these topics.

Source: Aarhus Universitethospital

In case of serious injury, an accident or illness that requires immediate transportation to the hospital call 112.

You can download the 112 App on your smartphone, where you can request this service. The reason to use this application to place the call is that your coordinates will be automatically shared to the ambulance that’s on the way. Be sure to have your GPS settings activated.

Communication in English will the different areas and professionals in the medical field is usually without issue, this is especially true for the emergency services.

Now, if you have an illness that requires attention from your GP or a specialist outside office hours of your GP/clinic it is necessary for you to call the emergency doctor, ‘lægevagten’.

This is a short telephone consultation that will grant you the referral to go to the hospital for a checkup. Please note that you CANNOT go directly to the Emergency Room without a previous referral from your regular GP or the lægevagten. So, in case it is a serious emergency contact the 112.

In the Mid Jutland Region the emergency doctor telephone number is +45 70 11 31 31 and the opening hours are weekdays from 4pm to 8am and during the weekends there’s attention 24 hours.

The situation is very similar in case you have a dentist emergency outside office hours of your dentist or in case you haven’t found any yet and it is late in the afternoon and/or during a weekend.

The dentist emergency doctor, ‘tandlægevagten’, is contacted the same way as ‘lægevagten’. However, there might be different contact numbers depending on your residency area.

For the Aarhus area you can access this service by calling + 45 40 51 51 62 during weekdays from 6pm to 7pm and during weekends and holidays from 10am to 11am or from 12m to 1pm.

You can also show up at the clinic Tandklinikken Brobjergskolen at Frederiks Allé 20 – 8000 Århus C during weekdays from 6pm to 9pm and during weekends and holidays from 10am to 11am or from 12m to 1pm. Keep in mind that the service fees outside normal office hours are considerably higher than using your regular dentist.

In Denmark all resident expecting women are entitled to receive healthcare services free of charge.

Access, payments and other additional procedures might have some variations in case the woman is under a determined residence permit, is in the middle of the process or is only visiting the country. We strongly recommend you to thoroughly research about your rights and other practical situations when coming to Denmark while pregnant or close to giving birth. Also, many rules will vary according to the municipality you are living at. So in case of any doubt please refer your concerns to the citizen services office.

Pregnant women will be checked by their GP at nine weeks of pregnancy and a couple of weeks later a first scan will be provided to dismiss any pregnancy risks.

Expecting mothers will be assigned to a determined individual midwife or a group of midwives, depending the municipality. They will be in charge of the pregnancy follow up checkups as well as the delivery of the baby.

Visits to the wards and hospitals can be arranged, as well as pre-birth classes. Most of them are available in Danish, but you can discuss it with your midwife to see the possibilities of accessing the training in English.

Women can freely decide how and where to give birth. All options will be discussed with your midwife or any other professional required. Birth practices in Denmark might defer from those in many other countries, reason why is recommended to do a thorough discussion with your midwife about them in order to avoid inconveniences.

Post birth controls and services are extraordinary both at the hospital and/or at home. A home nurse, ‘sundhedsplejerske’, will give the family regular visits to do checkups on the newborn and general guidance to the mother/parents. Mothers will normally be invited to join a mother’s group, with other women that have given birth close in dates and location.

The official Danish vaccination scheme will be discussed with your GP, however if you desire to supplement the vaccines provided this is possible as a paid service at your GP or through a private clinic.

  • You can freely select your GP among all available practitioners in you municipality. However this can be difficult if you do not have any direct recommendations. In the Related Links tab you’ll find a Danish search engine where you can find GPs according to their patient’s rating, experiences and comments.
  • In case you are not satisfied with your GP or you have moved from your residence area, you can request a change by contacting the citizen services office of your municipality. Note however that in case it is not due to a change in address, further than 15km from your previous one, you will be charged 180dkk as you will need a new CPR card with the updated GP information. This process will normally take 14 days after the request is made.
  • It is possible to get cheaper dentist services in Denmark. The first option is attending to the Aarhus Dentist School, where you will be treated by a dentist under education. The second option is to get a private health insurance, for you and/or your entire family, which covers part of the expenses. Some of them will cover 50% of the total dentistry bills.
  • New mothers can request the home nurse to try to create an international mother’s group in case it is not possible to join a Danish one. Else mothers can join other external groups around the cities that are aimed for the same purposes.
  • Aarhus has one main 24-hours drugstore, or ‘apoteket’, called Love’s Apoteket and which is located in the main square of the city at Store Torv 5, 8000 Aarhus C. Be aware that medication and other services acquired after normal opening hours might be more expensive.
  • You’ll be able to find some few over the counter medications in most supermarkets and kiosks. These include among some others coughing, fever and pain medications.
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