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The Norwegian Health System

  1. 1. The Health System in Norway Student Counselling Centre Spring 2010
  2. 2. The Health System in Norway <ul><li>Health check </li></ul><ul><li>Medical insurance </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Norwegian National Health Scheme </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Where to get medical assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Health related services </li></ul>
  3. 3. Compulsory Health Check <ul><li>Students from countries other than the EU/EEA, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan must undergo a TB test and chest X-ray upon arrival in Norway </li></ul><ul><li>You will receive a letter in the mail </li></ul><ul><li>You are not allowed to study without undergoing the check </li></ul>
  4. 4. Medical insurance <ul><li>EU/EEA students here for 3-12 months should have valid National Health Card, E-111 or E-128 or from home </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens of the United Kingdom are also covered by showing their British Passport </li></ul>
  5. 5. Medical Insurance <ul><li>All students here for more than 12 months will automatically be registered with the Norwegian National Health Scheme once the student registers at the Population Registry </li></ul>
  6. 6. Medical insurance <ul><li>Students studying here for 3-12 months who are not covered by health insurance from home are eligible to apply for voluntary membership in the Norwegian National Health Scheme </li></ul>
  7. 7. Medical Insurance <ul><li>Students here for up to 3 months must have Health Insurance from home </li></ul><ul><li>If you have private insurance – you will have to pay full fee up front and be reimbursed by your insurance company later </li></ul>
  8. 8. Norwegian National Health Scheme <ul><li>Norway has a user fee system </li></ul><ul><li>General Consultations cost NOK 130-200 </li></ul><ul><li>Maximum annual fee is NOK 1840,- if a member of NNHS </li></ul><ul><li>Keep all receipts or register each payment on a Kvitteringskort obtained from a pharmacy or Social Security Office (NAV Office) </li></ul>
  9. 9. What is not covered? <ul><li>Medicine – generally covered by the patient. Medicine for chronic conditions is either heavily subsidised or free </li></ul><ul><li>Spectacles or regular eye exams </li></ul><ul><li>Dental care </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Very expensive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SWO’s Student Health Fund may give you a partial refund if very high expenses </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Need medical assistance? <ul><li>How long are you going to stay in Tromsø? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One semester or less? 2 options: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency clinic on Campus </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sørbyen Medical Clinic </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 semesters or more? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Doctor (after obtaining Norwegian ID) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Come to the Student Counselling Centre for help </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. General Consultations <ul><li>If you are assigned a doctor, you should call his or her clinic to arrange an appointment </li></ul><ul><li>If you are assigned a doctor and have forgotten who it is, or you want to change doctor, please go to: or contact the Student Counselling Centre </li></ul>
  12. 12. Personal Doctor (GP) <ul><li>Students registered with NNHS who are here for longer than 6 months, will be invited to sign up with a personal doctor by Fastlegekontoret (NAV). </li></ul><ul><li>Complicated process: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Norwegian ID Number </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MinID online application for pin codes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sign up for a GP </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Urgency/Emergency Consultations <ul><li>All of the clinics hold open a certain number of emergency appointments </li></ul><ul><li>Call your general practitioner’s clinic when it first opens in the morning (usually 08:30) to arrange one of these appointments </li></ul>
  14. 14. Emergency Medical Clinic Legevakta <ul><li>For students who haven’t been assigned a personal doctor yet, but a more expensive alternative than Sørbyen Legesenter </li></ul><ul><li>For everyone in Tromsø outside of regular medical clinic hours (4pm-8am. Mon-Fri, weekends, and holidays </li></ul><ul><li>Located at UNN (University hospital), phone number 77 62 80 00 </li></ul>
  15. 15. Emergency Medical Clinic Legevakta <ul><li>Drop-in system – not necessary to call </li></ul><ul><li>If necessary, take a taxi. Any fare over NOK 95 may be reimbursed by the Social Security Office, NAV Office. Keep the receipt. </li></ul><ul><li>Ambulance: 113 </li></ul>
  16. 16. Swine Flu <ul><li>Vaccinations are encouraged </li></ul><ul><li>Since you don't have a personal doctor yet The Emergency Medical Clinic (Legevakta) is the clinic to contact. </li></ul><ul><li>In this case, you should not go there without having called first </li></ul><ul><li>If important news occur, you will be informed by e-mail and at the front page of the UiT home page: </li></ul><ul><li>Info sheets left near the door </li></ul>
  17. 17. Student Health Station <ul><li>Location: The Centre for Social Medicine (down town, building next to driv) </li></ul><ul><li>Office hours: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monday-Friday 11am-2:30pm (appointment) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tuesdays 2pm-5pm (drop-in) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contact phone: 77 79 04 00 </li></ul>
  18. 18. Student Health Station <ul><li>Team including medical personnel </li></ul><ul><li>Assist with questions regarding sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, contraception, pregnancy, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Free testing, counselling and therapy </li></ul><ul><li>Pregnancy tests are also available </li></ul><ul><li>Confidential and free of charge. Students may drop in or make an appointment. </li></ul><ul><li>Free contraceptives </li></ul>
  19. 19. If in doubt of procedures <ul><li>Never hesitate to contact the Student Counselling Centre!  </li></ul>