Right to treatment abroad

If you are a patient who is entitled to essential healthcare from the specialist health service, you may be entitled to treatment abroad if the healthcare you need is not available in Norway or if healthcare abroad has been shown to be more effective than the corresponding healthcare that is available from the public healthcare service in Norway.

Nurse in the operating room

This scheme applies to treatment both within and outside the EEA.

If you are entitled to such treatment, the cost of both your treatment and your travel expenses will be covered by your regional health trust. Treatment abroad under this scheme is also covered by Norwegian rules on patient injury compensation in the event of errors or failures in the provision of healthcare.

It is recommended that you apply for approval before accepting an offer of treatment from abroad; otherwise, you will have to travel at your own expense and risk. Planned treatment abroad is generally not covered by ordinary travel insurance.

You should send your application to the office for treatment abroad in the health region in which you live: 

However, the National Insurance Act also gives anyone who is entitled to treatment in Norway the right to have their treatment provided in another EEA country. You can claim reimbursement for your expenses from Helfo for hospital treatment and other specialist health services provided certain conditions are met. Please note that this scheme only applies if you receive treatment similar to the treatment that you would have received in Norway.

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Last updated Tuesday, February 1, 2022