Health Care

 

Health Care in Denmark

Usually Denmark is portrayed as a highly developed welfare state that takes care of all its citizens.

Denmark's comprehensive social welfare system offers unemployment, disability, old-age, and survivorship benefits to all Danes.

And all citizens in Denmark enjoy universal, equal and "free" healthcare services, funded through taxes. 

All you need is proof of citizenship or residence status to receive a state health insurance card, called "det gule sygesikringsbevis" or "the yellow health card".

The public health care system has a reputation for excellent standards. Doctors' visits and hospitalization, including tests, treatment, follow-up care as well as some medication, are fully covered.

Healthcare in Denmark is largely provided by the local governments of the five Danish regions, with coordination and regulation by central government, while nursing homes, home care, and school health services are the responsibility of the 98 municipalities. 

Of course Denmark’s universal health care means a higher overall tax bill and that healthy people are paying for the treatment of sick people through their taxes.

Then why are the Danes among the happiest people on earth?

Well, Denmark has a high level of equality and a strong sense of common responsibility for social welfare.

And according to the World Happiness Report, happiness is closely linked to social equality and community spirit - and Denmark does well on both.