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Chapter 9. Health system

This is an excerpt from the Worktrotter's Guide to Denmark.
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This chapter should help you better understand the health system in Denmark and avoid confusion and frustration. Details are also given on how you can get enhancements to the service of the public health system.


9.1 General

Statutory health insurance is tax-funded and is part of the basic care that everyone registered in Denmark is entitled to. It is important to understand that it does not cover all health care services, but offers good basic care which can be
complemented by private insurances.

Statutory health insurance covers the following:
– Examinations by your general practitioner (GP) or specialists
– Treatment by the emergency services outside normal working hours
– Your stay and treatment in a public hospital
– Part of your travel insurance
– An allowance for certain dietary requirements
– An allowance for dental treatment
– An allowance for prescription drugs
– An allowance for physiotherapy
– An allowance for osteopathic treatment
– An allowance for psychotherapeutic treatment for certain severe diagnoses (e.g. for the victims of violence and accidents, the suicidal, the very seriously ill and their dependents, etc.). For details see web page (L57) https://www.borger.dk/Lovgivning/Hoeringsportalen/dl.aspx?hpid=851365.

Contents of Chapter 9. Health system
9.1 General
9.2 General practitioners (GPs)
9.2.1 Choosing a GP
9.2.2 Changing GPs
9.2.3 Consulting hours
9.2.4 Surprises
9.3 Hospitals
9.4 Waiting times
9.5 Dentists
9.6 Medicine
9.7 Additional health insurance
9.7.1 As part of your salary package
9.7.2 Private insurance
9.7.3 Health insurance outside Denmark
9.8 Pregnancy and delivery

Find more details and all you need to know about the Danish health care system in the full version of the
Worktrotter‘s Guide to Denmark.

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