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Health services

  • Membership in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme »

    The public social security system in Norway is called the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme (folketrygden). To be entitled to benefits, you must be a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Sc...

  • About health services »

    Municipalities are responsible for providing necessary health services for their inhabitants – including immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Among other things, the municipalities shall provid...

  • Patient charges/exemption cards »

    As a member of the National Insurance scheme, you only pay a fixed part of the cost of public health services, called patient charges. This applies to medical treatment, buying medicines on a refun...

  • Prenatal care »

    Pregnant women can attend pregnancy check-ups at a public health centre or at their primary doctors. Public health centres provide pregnancy check-ups with a midwife. It is possible to combine...

  • Childbirth »

    Childbirth usually takes place in the hospital site to which you have been referred. It is free of charge to stay in the hospital when you give birth. Usually, a mother and her newly...

  • Primary doctor »

    Everyone who is resident in a Norwegian municipality is entitled to be registered as a patient with a primary doctor (GP). This means everyone who is registered in the Population Register as reside...

  • Accident and emergency department »

    Accident and emergency departments are staffed by doctors and nurses and can be contacted twenty-four hours a day, every day. They are intended for patients in need of emergency care, i.e. treatmen...

  • Primary doctor, accident and emergency department, or call 113? »

    Primary doctor (GP): See your primary doctor about general health problems or to be referred to a specialist. Accident and emergency departments: accept patients in need of immediate help, i.e. tr...

  • Hospitals »

    Patients are treated in a hospital following a referral from your primary doctor (GP) or an accident and emergency department (immediate help). You are entitled to choose which hospital you wi...

  • Medicine/pharmacies »

    In Norway, medicine is sold at pharmacies. Some medicines are freely available, but most medicines are prescription drugs. A limited selection of medicine is available in ordinary supermarkets. If ...

  • Preventive health services »

    Public health centres and school medical services provide health checks, vaccination, parental guidance and health information for children and young people up to the age of 20 and their parents or...

  • Physiotherapy »

    Among other things, physiotherapists treat patients with muscular or skeletal illnesses or ailments. In order for your expenses to be covered, the physiotherapist must receive public funding f...

  • Dental care »

    In Norway, children under the age of 18 are entitled to free dental care from the public dental service. Young people between the ages of 19 and 20 are entitled to have 75 per cent of their dental ...

  • European health insurance card »

    A European health insurance card entitles you to health services when staying temporarily in another EU/EEA country or in Switzerland. When you present the insurance card to the person/institution ...