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Health care benefits during a temporary stay in Norway

If you are from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you have certain health care rights during a temporary stay in Norway. It is advisable that you bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you. The card proves your right to necessary treatment at public treatment institutions.

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Vil du lese om dine helserettigheter i Norge dersom du er turist fra et EU/EØS-land eller Sveits på norsk?

​You cannot use your European Health Insurance Card in Norway if you are a citizen from a country outside of the EU/EEA or Switzerland. This applies even if you are currently living in the EU/EEA or Switzerland. In this case, you need a private health insurance.

Hospital treatment

  • ​In case of an emergency, dial 113.
  • In case of an emergency, you can get treatment from the nearest public hospital.
  • For other hospital treatment, a doctor's referral is necessary.
  • In-patient treatment, including necessary medication, is free of charge.
  • To receive out-patient treatment, you must be referred by a doctor, and you will have to pay applicable standard fees depending on the treatment given.

If you intend to receive planned healthcare in Norway, read more about this here.

Ambulance

  • ​Ambulance and air ambulance transport is free of charge in emergencies.

Doctors

  • ​Consult a Public General Practitioner within normal opening hours.
  • To receive acute and essential treatment outside normal opening hours, you must consult a Public Emergency Room («legevakt»). All municipalities in Norway have a Public Emergency Room which is open day and night. Call 116 117 to get in contact with the closest Public Emergency Room.
  • Present your EHIC and your passport or other identification.
  • You will be charged a patient fee depending on the treatment given. Patient fees are not refundable and may vary. If you, due to a mistake, pay more than the patient fee, remember to keep the receipt for reimbursement from your country of residence.
  • Treatment of children under age of 16 is free of charge.
  • To see a specialist, you must be referred by a doctor, and you will have to pay applicable standard patient fees.
  • If you consult a private doctor without a reimbursement agreement, you will have to pay full costs.

Dentists

  • ​You will usually have to pay the full cost of any dental treatment. This is the main rule, but we have some exceptions regarding a few underlying diagnosis.
  • Dental treatment is usually non-refundable in Norway, except for children under the age of 18.

Prescriptions

  • ​Prescribed medication can be collected at any pharmacy.
  • Present your EHIC and the prescription.
  • You will be charged for medication. Charges may vary.
  • Some medication on «blue prescription», for chronically sick persons or long-term illness patients, will only be charged a patient fee.

Oxygen therapy and dialysis

  • ​Your EHIC covers the provision of oxygen and dialysis.
  • You’ll have to arrange and pre-book medical treatment before you go. Ensure you allow plenty of time to make all your arrangements before you travel.
  • It's important to make sure you are booked with a state-funded healthcare provider. Treatments at private healthcare providers are not covered by your EHIC.

Reimbursement

  • ​If you show your EHIC, you should be charged only the standard patient fees (which are non refundable).
  • If you have had to pay full costs for care, contact the appropriate public office in your home country to seek reimbursement once you return home.