Various health care services

The regular general practitioner (GP) scheme

The regular GP scheme means that everyone living in Norway has a right to have a general practitioner as their primary doctor. Your regular GP is the first point of contact if you fall ill. A regular GP has a duty to help the patients on his or her list first. It is the regular GP who refers patients to the specialist health service. On this website, you can change your regular GP and find other important health information:

Doctors are bound by a duty of confidentiality and cannot tell anyone else what the patient and doctor have talked about without the patient’s consent.


Pharmacies sell medication and can also give advice on health matters and on how to use different medicines. Most medication can only be bought from pharmacies. Some types of medication, for example mild painkillers, can also be bought from grocery shops/supermarkets or petrol stations. Prices can vary from pharmacy to pharmacy, or from shop to shop.

Many medicines are prescription-only. That means that you cannot buy them without seeing a doctor first. The doctor has to write a prescription where it says what medicine you need and how it is to be used.

The pre-approved reimbursement scheme for medicines

If you are seriously ill for a long time, you can get medication, nutritional products and medical supplies on reimbursable prescriptions. When you get medication on reimbursable prescriptions, that means that you do not pay the full cost. You will only have to pay a patient charge, while the state pays most of the costs.

The patient charges for medication on reimbursable prescriptions are added to patient charges for doctor’s appointments.


Children and young people are called in for regular dental check-ups until they reach the age of 18. The government pays for their dental care. Young people between the ages of 18 and 20 pay 25% of the cost of dental treatment, while the government pays 75%. Adults over the age of 20 pay full price for dental work. Adults must find their own private dentist and most people have a basic dental check-up once a year.

Egenandel tannlege 18-20 år

If a child or young person needs braces, the parents pay a co-payment.

Jente med tannregulering


Hospitalisation is free of charge. All costs for treatment, the hospital stay and food are paid for by the government.

You can choose your own hospital if you know in advance that you will require hospitalisation. Different types of treatments may have waiting lists, so it can be helpful to check the different waiting times at different hospitals on the website

There are a very limited number of private hospitals in Norway. If you choose a private hospital, you must pay all costs of treatment.

Egenandel ved sykehusinnleggelse

Outpatient treatment at a hospital

Outpatient treatment means that you are treated at the hospital, but are not hospitalised. You go to the hospital at a specific time and return home again after your appointment and treatment. Outpatient care requires the same patient co-payment as visits to a family doctor or specialist.

Medical specialist

Examples of medical specialists are a gynaecologist, dermatologist, ear, nose and throat doctor and paediatric physician.

To see a specialist, you must be referred by your family doctor or other general practitioner. If you do not have a referral, you must pay a higher co-payment.


If you need an ambulance, you can call the emergency number 113. You will then be connected to the ambulance service. It is important to provide correct information:

Who are you?
(name, phone number, where you are calling from)

What happened?
(how many are injured, whether the injuries are serious, etc.)

Where are you?
(exact address or location)

Out-of-hours emergency primary healthcare (A&E)

When immediate medical attention is needed outside of normal business hours, the municipal emergency ward can be utilized. Call 116 117 to reach the one closest to you.
All municipalities in Norway have an emergency medical service. Emergency wards are open evenings, nights and weekends when doctors’ offices are closed.
When visiting the emergency ward, the patient pays a co-payment for the treatment and any expenses for bandages, tests, etc.
It is advisable to find out in advance where the nearest emergency ward is located!


Patient’s co-payment

  • The government pays much of the cost of visits to the doctor. The patient is required to pay a certain amount and the rest is paid for by the state.
  • In addition to the patient’s co-payment, the patient must also pay for bandages, shots, medicine, tests, and so on.
  • Children under the age of 16 are not required to pay the co-payment. Pregnancy check-ups are also free of charge.
  • The patient charge for a regular GP appointment is usually between 150 and 300 Norwegian kroner.

Totale helseutgifter

Exemption card

Når du har betalt en bestemt sum i egenandeler i løpet av et år, har du rett til frikort. Når du har betalt denne summen i egenandeler, får du automatisk tilsendt et frikort fra Helseøkonomiforvaltningen (HELFO) i posten. Dette må du vise fram når du går til legen eller skal kjøpe medisiner på blå resept. Da slipper du å betale egenandeler resten av kalenderåret.

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