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If you work and live in Denmark, you are covered by the Danish health insurance system

Health insurance

Everyone residing in Denmark for more than three months has the right to receive national health service treatment for free. This means that as soon as you are a registered resident here, you have the same rights to medical assistance as Danish citizens.

The yellow health insurance certificate (sygesikringsbevis) is your documentation that you are entitled to health insurance services in Denmark.

Read more about health insurance 

Acute medical assistance

Contacts for emergency services

Have a look at this list with numbers to call in event of serious injury or life-threatening illness.

Emergency 112

In any case of  serious injury or life-threatening illness or emergencies such as injury or fire, or if you urgently require police assistance, call the emergency call centre on telephone number 112. The number is the same no matter where in Denmark you are.

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Choosing a doctor

You choose your own doctor at the National Registry Office (Folkeregistret). When you fill in the forms for a health insurance certificate, you receive a list of general practitioners in your area of residence. If you belong to insurance group 1, you have to choose a permanent doctor. You are free to choose between the general practitioners who accept new patients, and these are indicated on the list. You can subsequently change doctor if you wish.

If you belong to insurance group 1, you can change your doctor by contacting the National Registry Office. The change will take effect 14 days after the authorities have received payment for issuing a new health insurance certificate.

If you are in insurance group 2, you do not choose a particular doctor, but may consult a new one whenever you please.

What to do if you need medical consultation

You must contact your general practitioner if you need medical consultation. You call the doctor and make an appointment, for either the same day or one of the following days depending on the severity of the illness. Most doctors also have phone consultations one hour a day. You also have to contact your general practitioner if you want a referral to a medical specialist, physiotherapist, psychologist or a chiropodist, or if you need a prescription for medicine.


If you are covered by the public health insurance and have chosen insurance group 1, medical consultation is free. You need to bring your yellow health insurance certificate to the consultation.

Opening hours

Danish doctors are normally open between 8.00 and 16.00.

Emergency doctor

If you need medical consultation outside opening hours, you should contact the emergency doctor. Their phone numbers are listed in the phone book.

Read more about choosing a doctor on the International Community website

Dental care

If you need dental treatment, you can freely choose whichever dentist you prefer. You must make an appointment in advance. If you need to see a dentist at the weekend or on public holidays, you can call the emergency dentist in your region. Be aware that dental treatment in Denmark is not free of charge. It is therefore a good idea to ask in advance what the treatment will cost. Children under the age of 18 receive free dental treatment from the municipal dental health services (Den Kommunale Tandplejeordning).
You can find a list of dentists in the yellow pages under tandlæger.

Outside opening hours
In case of an emergency outside office hours (8.00–16.00), you can visit the emergency dental service (Tandlægevagten).

You cannot make an appointment in advance.

Remember to bring your yellow health insurance card and cash or other form of payment. As with regular treatment, you can claim emergency treatment on your health insurance.

Read more about dental care on the International Community website

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