Pension Fund and Healthcare in Denmark
You may be entitled to a foreign pension if you have lived or worked in another country than Denmark. It depends on the rules in the individual country whether you are entitled to have your foreign pension paid out in Denmark.
If you want to apply for foreign pension, there are different places you need to contact. If it is a matter of:
- Pension from a country outside the EU/EEA, and with which Denmark has not concluded a special agreement: please contact the embassy of the country in question here in Denmark.
- Pension from an EU/EEA Member State, Switzerland or a country with which Denmark has concluded a convention on social security: please contact the Danish authority Udbetaling Danmark if you live in Denmark and are entitled to Danish pension. Your application for Danish pension also serves as application for the foreign pension. Udbetaling Denmark will send a copy of your pension case to the Udbetaling Denmark International Pension, which will forward it to the foreign pension authority. If you do not receive Danish pension, you may choose to fill in an application form and send it to Udbetaling Denmark International Pension.
Once you have your residency in Denmark you will receive a CPR number (personal ID number) and a yellow health insurance card which allows you to use public health services. As not all the health needs are met by the public health insurance it is advisable to get a private insurance as well.
Everybody has to choose a general practitioner whose name will be included on the yellow insurance card. He is the one to refer you to a specialist or hospital if special care is needed or he can treat you himself if possible.
You must take your health insurance card with you when you visit the GP, dentist, hospital emergency or in the event of hospitalisation, as well as when you travel outside Denmark. The health insurance card provides cover if you fall ill or have an accident while travelling in Europe as long as the trip is for pleasure and you are away for less than a month.
If you need to see your doctor after 4:00 pm on weekdays or during weekends and holidays you have to call the emergency doctor service. You should have the number of this service for your area available in case you need it.
Even though there is a big number of hospitals available in Denmark and you are free to choose which one you want to go to, not all hospitals are equipped the same, so it is best to consult your doctor about the hospital that is best for you.
If you need medicine that requires a prescription from your doctor you can only get it at the “Apotek (pharmacy). In case you need medication outside opening hours there are duty pharmacies which are on call after opening hours, weekends and holidays, Medicine that doesn’t need a prescription can be bought in supermarkets, grocery stores and petrol stations.
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