The Icelandic healthcare system at a glance
Here in Iceland we have a universal healthcare system where everyone is entitled to emergency assistance. The emergency assistance number 112 answers all calls and requests via webchat for assistance, all year round 24 hours a day.
The country is divided into seven healthcare districts. In the districts you can find healthcare institutions and/or health care centres. Health care centres provide general healthcare services for the district, such as primary healthcare, clinical testing, medical treatment, nursing in hospitals, medical rehabilitation services, nursing for the elderly, dentistry, and patient consultations.
The Icelandic healthcare system is well respected with highly skilled well educated healthcare professionals. Thanks also to national policy regarding health standards including healthy diets, clean water, and healthy lifestyles, Icelander’s rank among some of the healthiest people in the world.
Everyone who has had legal residency in Iceland for six consecutive months is covered by national health insurance. Icelandic Health Insurance determines whether citizens of EEA and EFTA countries are eligible to transfer their health insurance rights to Iceland.
Not all healthcare is free the Icelandic healthcare system utilizes a co-payment system which greatly reduces the expenses of those individuals who need health care a lot and have paid large sums for that service.
The maximum payment from 1 January 2021 is ISK 27,475 However, costs are lower for the elderly, the disabled and children or ISK 18,317. Payments for services provided at healthcare centres and hospitals are covered by the system, as well as health services for self-employed doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and psychologists. For more details look here.
For a more detailed overview of aspects of the Icelandic healthcare system look here.
Further information on health-related issues can be found below.
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There are healthcare centres throughout the capital area and spread over rural Iceland. Healthcare centres are considered the first stop and primary provider for healthcare services.
Emergency rooms and accident rooms are located at most healthcare centres and hospitals with services available all year. The emergency number 112 answers all calls and requests for assistance 24 hours a day, all year round.
Admission to a hospital can only occur at the request or through a referral of a doctor. However, in emergency instances, patients may go directly to an emergency room at a hospital. Ambulance services transport injured and severely ill people who are unable to transport themselves.
Information on health insurance, for nationals of the EEA and EFTA States as well as for citizens outside of the EEA/EFTA regions.
Icelandic Health Insurance (IHI) pays for interpreting services for health insured individuals.
Dental healthcare is also an important area in the Icelandic healthcare system. Dental healthcare includes dental services, dentists, and how you can contact the dental watch. (The emergency watch of the Icelandic dentist association).
Medical examinations are required for the purpose of a residence permit application. There are different requirements regarding what kind of medical examination is required and where it takes place.
In Iceland, the disabled are entitled by law to access to general services and assistance. They are considered equal in all aspects of society with equal access to rights and enjoy equal living standards. Disabled people have the right to education and appropriate support if needed at all levels of education. They also have the right to guidance and assistance in finding suitable employment.