The Danish healthcare system is based on the principle of equal and free access to healthcare for all citizens. The vast majority of healthcare services in Denmark is financed by taxes.
The healthcare system in Denmark operates on three different levels:
The Parliament and the Government set the regulatory framework.
The five regions are responsible for health care services, operating hospitals, prehospital services in each regional geography
98 municipalities are responsible for public health, prevention initiatives, rehabilitation, home care, and elderly care.
Denmarks five regions - population size, area and population density
Go to the five regions' websites:
- North Denmark Region
- Central Denmark Region
- The Region of Southern Denmark
- Region Zealand
- Capital Region of Denmark
The regions have been responsible for healthcare services since 2007 following a structural reform. The governing body of each region is a regional council. Each regional council has 41 members who are directly elected every four years. The regional council is headed by a president who is elected by the members.
Providing healthcare services to citizens in all parts of Denmark, the regions are also responsible for employing staff in the health care sector. Thus, the regions are re-sponsible for negotiating salary and workings conditions for more than 135.000 healthcare professionals.