Healthcare in Denmark

This publication provides an overview of the scope and organisation of health and elderly care in Denmark. The healthcare system operates across three political and administrative levels: the state, the regions and the municipalities (national, regional and local levels).

The state holds the overall regulatory and supervisory functions in health and elderly care. The five regions are primarily responsible for the hospitals, the general practitioners (GPs) and for psychiatric care. The 98 municipalities are responsible for a number of primary healthcare services as well as for elderly care.

All residents in Denmark have access to the public healthcare system, and most services are provided free of charge. National legislation ensures that diagnosis and treatment are provided within certain time limits and establishes a free choice of hospital for patients. A comprehensive set of legal rights governs complaint procedures and compensation for injuries caused by services provided in the healthcare system.

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