Health Insurance in Denmark

How to make sure you have appropriate health insurance in Denmark...

National Health Insurance Card

Local authorities are responsible for issuing the national health insurance card (Sundhedskort) which is also called the health card or the yellow card. This card functions as an identity card and is needed to participate in the health care system. The card states the holder's name and personal identification number (CPR), as well as the name and address of the holder's general practitioner (GP).

The following documents are needed when applying for a national health insurance card:

  • Residency and work permits
  • Passport
  • Legal proof of an address in Denmark, for example, a rental contract

After an application has been made, it normally takes two weeks to receive a national health insurance card by post.

The health card should be presented at hospitals and visits to a doctor.

The blue European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and can be used when travelling abroad to EU/EEA countries and must be ordered separately.

  • Learn more about the EHIC card and how to obtain one (in Danish)

Private Health Insurance

Private insurance can be obtained to cover costs for general dentistry and orthodontic treatments; for medical costs not covered under the Danish healthcare system; and to cover fees in private hospitals and clinics.

Healthcare for Visitors to Denmark

Visitors to Denmark from another EU country can receive health cover via the Form S1, S2 or the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) depending on the specific circumstances and purpose of the healthcare.

  • Form S2 provides cover for planned medical treatment for an EU resident of one country in another member country
    • See the Angloinfo INFOrmation Page, Health Care Abroad - Europe
    • EHIC entitles the holder to treatment in public hospitals including emergency dental treatment if temporarily visiting another EU country