Everyone who is registered in the National Registry as resident in a Norwegian municipality is entitled to have a General Practitioner (GP; "fastlege" in Norwegian).
Persons who have D-numbers are not entitled to a GP, with the exception of the following groups, who are entitled:
- Asylum seekers with D-numbers, and their families
- NATO personnel with D-numbers and their families
A D-number is an identity number assigned to people who do not meet the criteria for being allocated a standard Norwegian national identification number.
Other persons with a D-number are not entitled to a doctor, but are entitled to medically necessary healthcare. The municipality is responsible to ensure this kind of healthcare.
Persons who move within Norway and notify their move to the National Registry can be reassigned to their former General Practitioner if they move back to their original municipality within three years.
If you are unsure about whether you are entitled to a GP, call 800HELSE (800 43 573).
You may register on a waiting list
If you log on to “Bytte fastlege” (only in Norwegian) at helsenorge.no, you can find and change doctor for yourself and your own children. You may also register the same individuals on a waiting list. You can only be registered on one waiting list at a time.
When the doctor you wish to use is available, you will automatically be registered as a patient from the first day of the forthcoming month. You will receive a letter from Helfo, confirming the name of your new doctor.