Healthcare centres and pharmacies
Healthcare centres are first and foremost considered community service providers for residents who live in that municipality or neighbourhood.
Healthcare centres provide all general healthcare services and treatment for minor injuries and ailments. These centres should be the first stop for treatment unless you need emergency health services.
It is recommended that you register at the nearest healthcare centre or healthcare facility and apply for a General Practitioner (GP). In addition to general medical services, the healthcare centres provide maternity care, infant and paediatric healthcare, nursing service in schools and home care and nursing services.
Note that once your registration has been confirmed, you will need to grant the healthcare centre permission to access any past medical data. Please also note you have the right to apply for registration to the healthcare centre of choice.
Here below are lists of healthcare centres in the capital area and in municipalities in rural Iceland.
In Iceland children and youth under the age of 18 do not pay fees for services at healthcare clinic or fees for house calls for healthcare providers from the healthcare centre. Additionally, if children need specialist care it is best to get a referral for specialist care from the healthcare centre you are registered.
People, children included, who have not acquired rights to health insurance must pay all costs and fees for healthcare services.
Heilsugæsla Höfuðborgarsvæðisins (Reykjavík Healthcare Centres) is responsible for the operation of 15 healthcare centres in the capital region. Locations can be found here on an interactive map.
Healthcare centres in rural Iceland are operated by local health authorities in those districts. Information regarding locations and general information can be found here.
Additionally, here is a list of pharmacies in rural areas (websites in Icelandic).