Emergency help: call 113
Norwegian health care system
In Norway, public health services are generally considered to be well organized and meet top professional standards. 80% of the population rely wholly on these services and 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.
- Specialised health care provides health services by specialists and hospitals. Appointments with specialists and hospitals require referral from a primary health care provider.
Finding a doctor
If your stay is temporary
- If your stay in Norway is six months or less and you need medical attention, there are certain doctor’s offices where you can book an appointment. On the website of Oslo Municipality you can find a list of doctors available for those who are not registered with a general practitioner.
- For health conditions that necessitate immediate treatment you may contact SiO Health Services (sio.no). The length and nature of your affiliation with UiO must be documented by a letter from your host department.
- If your stay in Norway exceeds six months (and thus requires that you report moving to Norway (skatteetaten.no) you will automatically be assigned a regular general practitioner (fastlege) by your local social security office (nav.no).
- However, this usually takes at least half a year. To speed up the process, you may contact the Fastlege Office at 23 32 70 00 once you have received your Norwegian national identity number (skatteetaten.no) and register in the regular general practitioner scheme (fastlegeordning).
- As a researcher affiliated with UiO you may select SiO Health Services (sio.no) as your regular general practitioner (this applies also to accompanying children under the age of 16, but not to other dependants, e.g. spouses, partners, parents). Please contact SiO Health Services (sio.no) for detailed information.
Health care outside regular office hours
- Outside regular office hours and in cases of emergency, visit the nearest Emergency Clinic (legevakt), or call 116 117. If it is a matter of life or death, call 113. See Oslo Legevakt for more information (oslo.kommune.no) (Norwegian).
- Health services are also provided by a large number of private clinics. Many of them are open in the evening and on weekends. However, they tend to be quite costly. Here is a list of private clinics that are open in the evening and on weekends, selected at random from Yellow Pages:
- Byporten legesenter (byportenlegesenter.no) (Norwegian), Jernbanetorget 6 (in the shopping mall Byporten, 1. floor (plan 2), map (google.no), tel. 22 34 82 00
- Oslo Medisinske Senter (oslomedisinskesenter.no) (Norwegian), Øvre Slotts gate 29 (on the corner of Egertorget/Karls Johan, map (google.no), tel. 22 94 10 90
- Oslo City Legesenter (oslocitylegesenter.no) (Norwegian), Oslo City Shopping Centre (next to Oslo Central Station, map (google.no), 3. floor (3. butikkplan), tel. 22 36 77 00
- Volvat Medisinske Senter (volvat.no) (Norwegian), Borgenvn. 2 A, Volvat/Majorstuen, map (google.no), tel. 22 95 75 00
- If you need treatment by a medical specialist, e.g. cardiologist, ophthalmologist, gynaecologist, contact your regular GP or an other primary health care doctor who will refer you to a specialist.
- For dental care, see section below.
- You can be referred to a hospital by your regular GP or an other primary health care doctor. If you are referred to a hospital, you can choose which one you would like to be treated at. See Choosing a treatment centre (helsenorge.no) for further information on treatment capabilities at hospitals across the country.
- In an emergency, you can go to the nearest Emergency Clinic (legevakt). See Oslo Legevakt (oslo.kommune.no) (Norwegian) for more information.
See information provided on the web page Social security and health insurance.
Patient user fee
A patient user fee (egenandel) is required when consulting a doctor. If your patient user fees exceed a certain limit (egenandelstak), you may ask the National Insurance Office for an exemption card (frikort) (helsenorge.no) that entitles you to free health care for the rest of the year.
Therefore, it is important that you keep a record of all your patient payments on a patient user fee receipt card (kvitteringskort for egenandeler). This card is available at doctors and pharmacies. Under the following circumstances medical treatment is free of charge:
- When you are admitted to hospital and are a member of the National Insurance Scheme, you do not pay for treatment, medication or hospital accommodation.
- Expectant mothers do not pay for pregnancy check-ups.
- Children under the age of 12 do not pay any medical user fees, and anyone under the age of 18 who requires psychological help does not have to pay any treatment fees. Fees required for children under the age of 16 may be added to the fees of a parent.
- The Public Dental Care Service provides free services for children up to the age of 20. Dental care for adults is mainly private.
- For dental emergencies contact Oslo Kommune Tannlegevakt (oslo.kommune.no) (Norwegian), Schweigaardsgate 6, 3rd floor (Galleriet). The clinic can also be contacted by calling 22 67 30 00.
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