The Danish healthcare system is universal and based on the principles of free and equal access to healthcare for all citizens. The healthcare system offers high-quality services, the majority of which are financed by general taxes.
Organization of Healthcare
The healthcare system operates across three political and administrative levels: the state, the regions and the municipalities (national, regional and local levels).
- The state holds the overall regulatory and supervisory functions in health and elderly care.
- The five regions are primarily responsible for the hospitals, the general practitioners (GPs) and for psychiatric care.
- The 98 municipalities are responsible for a number of primary healthcare services as well as for elderly care.
The Danish Ministry of Health consists of the Ministry and nine agencies, who covers a wide range of healthcare related issues.