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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

You are a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme if you are registered in the National Population Register in Norway.

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.

Once you receive a national identity number, and are registered in the National Population Register (Folkeregister) as a resident of a specific municipality, you are assigned a regular doctor by the local NAV office. Until this assignment is made you have access to the "Legene på høyden" which primarily serves students.


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. There's more information available about the system as a whole from the 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.

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).


Adults typically pay for their own dental care. Adults can also be treated at  public clinics, or at a private practitioner’s office. Here in the phone book you can find addresses and phone numbers for both private and public dentist offices in Bergen.


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