In Norway, public health services are used by majority of the population and you do not have a private medical insurance beyond travel insurance.
The public health services are divided into two sectors:
- Primary health care deals with general health issues and is provided locally by general practitioners and community nurses.
- Specialized health care provides health services by specialists and hospitals. Appointments with specialists and hospitals require referral from a primary healthcare provider.
Read more about the Norwegian healthcare system her:
Less than 6 months
- If your stay in Norway is six months or less and you need medical attention, the municipal service office in the area where you are staying will advise you on which doctor to contact. If you are living in Oslo, call 22 93 22 93.
More than 6 months
- If your stay in Norway exceeds six months (and thus requires that you report moving to Norway you will automatically be assigned a regular general practitioner (fastlege) by your local healthcare office.
- However, this usually takes at least half a year. To speed up the process, you may contact the Fastlege Office at 800 43 573 once you have received your Norwegian national identity number and register in the regular general practitioner scheme (fastlegeordning).
Anyone formally employed by a Norwegian employer automatically becomes a member of the Norwegian National Health Scheme as of the first day of work.