Norwegian National Contact Point for healthcare

Patients are entitled to receive healthcare in another EU/EEA country and subsequently apply for reimbursement of their expenses.

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Illustration: Morten Rakke / Helfo

Norwegian citizens, and others with a membership in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, who have the right to receive healthcare in Norway, may choose to receive their healthcare in another EU/EEA country. To be eligible for reimbursement of out of pocket expenses, the healthcare must be equivalent to the healthcare the public health system would have covered in Norway. The health services under Chapter 5 of the Norwegian National Insurance Act, the Norwegian Dental Health Services Act and the Norwegian Specialist Health Service Act are comprised by this scheme.

The patient must pay for the healthcare out of pocket. If the terms and conditions are met, they will be eligible for subsequent reimbursement from Helfo.

The reimbursement is limited to the amount that the equivalent health service would have cost the Norwegian public health system if the health service had been received in Norway. Travel expenses are covered only to a limited extent. The patient will not be reimbursed for more than if he or she had travelled to your nearest healthcare provider in Norway.

Patients who are assessed as entitled to necessary healthcare from the specialist health service within a certain time limit, may apply to Helfo for prior notification before travelling abroad for treatment. Read more about prior notification in the article "Hospital treatment and other specialist health services in EU/EEA countries".

Click here for a list of the type of healthcare for which patients may apply for reimbursement of expenses (in Norwegian).

EU/EEA citizens seeking to receive healthcare in Norway

​Citizens from other EU/EEA countries can choose to come to Norway for treatment. These patients must pay out of pocket and later seek reimbursement from their home country depending on national legislation.

Click here for more information about being an EU/EEA citizen seeking to receive healthcare within the specialist health service in Norway.

Norwegian National Contact Point

​The Norwegian National Contact Point in Norway can provide details about the rules regarding reimbursement of healthcare received outside of Norway, and issue information on behalf of other countries' national contact points (in Norwegian).

The Norwegian National Contact Point in Norway can also provide information for people seeking to travel to Norway to receive healthcare and advise on the Norwegian health service.