Public and private hospitals in Denmark


Most hospitals in Denmark are state owned and all residents are entitled to treatment free of charge. If you choose to go to a private hospital in Denmark you will have to pay for the treatment you receive.

Most doctors and nurses in Denmark speak at least some English, though you can request assistance from an interpreter if you want to.

Hospital waiting lists in Denmark depend on the kind of treatment you need and how many other patients are waiting to be seen. You are free to choose which hospital you go to, but you need a referral from your General Practitioner (GP). However, if you choose a hospital outside of your municipality you may be refused entry if they do not have enough beds.

Hospital patients in Denmark generally share a ward with two or three other patients of the same sex. Visitors are allowed into the ward during the hospital’s fixed visiting hours and may bring fruit for the patient they are visiting. All other foods must be approved by a member of hospital staff.

Most hospitals provide a service for parents who wish to stay with their hospitalised child overnight. Parents may also visit their children outside of the regular visiting hours.

Private hospitals in Denmark

You can choose to visit a private hospital if you wish, though this may be an expensive option because the treatment is not free like it is in a public hospital. If you have a private health insurance policy then you may be able to receive private hospital treatment at a subsidised rate – you should check whether you are entitled to this with your insurance company.

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