British nationals

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If you live in Denmark

If you live in Denmark and have registered with the CPR register, you have the right to treatment on the same basis as Danish insured citizens. You can continue using your yellow health insurance card. 

If you get ill while staying in another Nordic country

If you are a British national living in Denmark, you are entitled to the treatment you need if you become ill in any of the other Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland). Your yellow health insurance card gives you the right to treatment, and treatment will be provided on the same basis as it would to a person of the country you are staying in.

If you work in Denmark

If, on the EU withdrawal date, you live in another EU/EEA country/Switzerland or the UK but work in Denmark, you retain your right to services under the Danish Health Act when you stay in Denmark. The same applies to your family members. 

If you return to your country of residence at least once a week (as a so-called cross-border worker), you still have the right to treatment under the Danish Health Act in Denmark. Your family members have the right to services under the Danish Health Act, although this will generally not include planned hospital treatment. 

Whether you and your family members have access to healthcare services in the country of residence will depend on the legislation of the country you and your family live in. 

If you have an E-106 form from Denmark, it will no longer be valid after the EU withdrawal date.

Please contact the Danish Patient Safety Authority for more information.

If you get ill on holiday or during a temporary stay in Denmark

If you are a British national living abroad and you get ill during a temporary stay or holiday in Denmark, you have the right to urgent and continued hospital treatment in a public hospital. If you require treatment beyond this, you must seek treatment from a private healthcare provider at your own expense – possibly through private travel insurance. 

However, if you are a British national and you are a co-insured family member of an EU/EEA or Swiss national and you are living in  an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you have the right to the treatment which becomes medically necessary during your stay in Denmark.

If you have a European Health Insurance Card from Denmark 

A European Health Insurance Card gives access to treatment under the same conditions and at the same cost as persons in the country you are travelling in (EU/EEA countries and Switzerland).

However, if you have a European Health Insurance Card from Denmark issued before the EU withdrawal date, this card might not be valid automatically. Even though you live in Denmark, you cannot be sure that your European Health Insurance Card still is valid or that a new card can be issued to you after the EU withdrawal date. 

If you are a co-insured family member of a Danish insured EU/EEA or Swiss national, you will still be entitled to a European Health Insurance Card from Denmark.

You should contact Udbetaling Danmark for an assessment of whether you are entitled to a European Health Insurance Card from Denmark. 

We also advise you to consider taking out private travel insurance for travels outside Denmark if you do not have a European Health Insurance Card.

Buying healthcare services in another EU/EEA country

If, after the EU withdrawal date, you have public health insurance coverage in Denmark, for instance, because you live in Denmark or if you have a special health insurance card, you remain entitled to public reimbursement of healthcare services that you buy in another EU/EEA country. This could be dental care, specialist treatment or physiotherapy. 

If you require treatment in a hospital, you may need  a prior authorisation from the region you live in. You also need a referral to hospital treatment from a doctor.

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You must pay upfront for your treatment in another EU/EEA country. Subsequently, you can apply to your region or municipality for reimbursement of the share of expenses that are eligible for public reimbursement in Denmark. 

Buying healthcare services in Denmark

If you do not live in Denmark, you no longer have access to buying public healthcare services in Denmark unless:

  • you live and have public health insurance in another EU/EEA country, or
  • you buy hospital treatment and have a connection to an EU/EEA country, Greenland or the Faroe Islands, for example if you live in Greenland and the treatment is not offered by private healthcare providers in the region. 

You can still buy treatment from private hospitals and a number of authorised private healthcare professionals in Denmark, such as general practitioners or medical specialists, dentists, physiotherapists, etc.