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Information about health care system in Norway

Health Services

Norwegian health policy aims to ensure that everyone, irrespective of their personal finances and where they live, has access to good health and care services of equal standard.

Health insurance

Information about membership in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme.

To document your membership in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, you will need to send the form: Forespørsel om bekreftelse på medlemskap i folketrygden NAV 02-01.01 to Nav. 

Doctors and clinics

Anyone residing in Norway who has been issued a Norwegian national identity number is entitled to a regular GP. General practitioner, called "fastlege" who works as the main doctor overseeing that person’s health. Children under the age of 16 are entitled to use the same GP as their parents.

You can choose a “fastlege”  who will work at a clinic near to where you live, but sometimes there are no free places with doctors in the clinic closest to your home, and you may be assigned to a clinic that requires a little more travel. There are also a variety of private physicians and clinics that you can use, but you must pay for these yourself.

Before you have an permanant ID number, you cannot get a regular GP

But everybody can use the emergency clinic. You can also make an appointment to see the student doctors called "Legene på høyden" which primarily serves students.


Paying for health services

University employees, including PhD candidates, pay a part of their taxes to cover the cost of health insurance (just like every other employee in Norway). Additionally, every visit to the doctor or the hospital requires the payment of a small fee, typically around NOK 200, up to a maximum amount (or cap) of just under NOK 2000 per year. The cost of necessary medicines is also included in the capped amount.

If your health expenses exceed the annual capped amount, you will be automatically be sent a "Frikort" or free card, which means that all necessary additional health-related expenses will be completely covered by the health system. 


Dentists and Pharmacies/Chemists

Norway’s dental health system is a little different than its health care system. Children and young adults to the age of 18, have free normal dental care (Orthodontic treatment is not free). Read more about it at helsenorge.no

Adults typically pay for their own dental care. Adults can also be treated at  public clinics, or at a private practitioner’s office. 

In an emergency

If an emergency arise, the casualty clinic or emergency room (legevakt) is located at Solheimsgaten 9. Phone: 55 56 87 00. For acute medical emergencies, call 113; for police, call 112; and for fire, call 110. For accident or in case of illness call: 55 56 87 60