In Denmark, citizens have equal rights to get social security.
A number of services are available free of charge; for instance the Danish health and educational systems which are free and paid by the tax system. The Danish welfare model is subsidised by the state.
In case of accidents, life threatening situations or fire -
In case you need the police - Dial 114
In case you are hurt and need to go to a hospital or to the A & E - Dial 70 15 07 08
In case you need a medical practitioner after hours - Dial 70 15 07 00
Dental emergency service - Dial 29 60 01 11
Anyone who works legally in Denmark and is registered is covered by the Danish health insurance system. Most examinations and treatments are free.
Children are covered by the health insurance scheme together with either their mother or father until the age of 15. From this point, they will be insured independently.
The healthcare system offers free consultations and treatments at a local doctor's, at emergency wards and in public hospitals.
The family doctor - the general practitioner or GP - will handle your prescriptions, vaccination programs and will assist you with regard to disease prevention and certain types of contraception.
You can choose which general practitioner you prefer with regard to sex, age, etc. on condition that the doctor's practice is open for more patients.
The citizen services of Kalundborg municipality (Borgerservice) will give you a list of GPs you can choose from.
At any time, you can register with a new doctor who's practice is open for new patients. It costs a fee on 200 kr. to change.
Kalundborg Citizen Service Centre (Borgerservice):
|Monday||10.00 - 14.00||08.30 - 15.00|
|Tuesday||10.00 - 14.00||08.30 - 15.00|
|Wednesday||10.00 - 14.00||08.30 - 15.00|
|Thursday||10.00 - 17.00||08.30 - 17.00|
|Friday||10.00 - 12.00||08.30 - 13.00|
Phone number Kalundborg Citizen Service Centre: +45 5953 4400
Prescriptions for medicine are only available for purchase at pharmacies.
If you need to be treated or examined at a hospital, you must obtain a referral from either your own GP, a specialist doctor or from the after hours medical service.
Dental care is not a part of the free healthcare system for adults. Nevertheless the healthcare system automatically provides a subvention for your treatment. At your dental bill, you will only see the amount; you will have to pay yourself. You are free to choose any dentist of your own choice.
Children and young people below 18 years of age are entitled to free dental treatment.
If you fall ill or suffer an injury in the evening or at weekends, outside your GP's opening hours, the after hours doctor can prescribe medicine, refer you to the accident & emergency department or admit you to a hospital. Remember to have your national health insurance card at hand.
Opening hours weekdays from 4 pm to 8 am
Weekends and on public holidays 24 hour service.
In Kalundborg municipality, dial 70 15 07 00
Accident & emergency department (Skadeklinikken og Akuthus)
If you have smaller injuries, you can get treatment at the A & E, for example a broken finger.
You must call before showing up. In Kalundborg municipality, dial 70 15 07 08.
Opening hours are on weekdays from 2 pm to 22 pm
Weekends and public holidays 10 am to 8 pm
The address is Nørre Allé 27, 4400 Kalundborg. Entrance no. 1.
Remember to bring with you the national health insurance card.
After hours dental service
It is possible to have lighter injuries that have occurred within the latest 24 hours fixed at the Accident & Emergency department.
Otherwise, you can get immediate dental service at Tandpinevagten (Toothache emergency room) in Slagelse. The address is Tandpinevagten Slagelse, Æblehaven 2, 4200 Slagelse
Better health - quit smoking!
In Denmark, it is more and more common to quit smoking.
To quit smoking will improve your health and you will save a lot of money.
Tobacco is very expensive in Denmark due to a policy indicating that smoking is no longer welcome in most places.
If you want to quit smoking, you can attend a course; you can get medicine prescription from your doctor or buy a quit-smoking product at the pharmacy.
At the citizen service centre (Borgerservice), you can get more information or you may have a look at this link; www.sst.dk
Different types of pension in Denmark
As a wage earner you have the possibility to set up an individual pension scheme.
Furthermore, most employers will see to it that part of your wage is paid into a pension scheme.
In Denmark, you may be entitled to state pension, if you fulfill one or more of these conditions:
- You must be a Danish national
- You must be resident in Denmark, or
- You must have lived in Denmark at least five years up till you reach the state pension age.
Special rules may apply to you, if you have lived in an EU/EEA Member State or a country with which Denmark has concluded a special agreement.
Find out more about pensions in Denmark here: lifeindenmark.borger.dk/Pages/Pension-in-Denmark