The Norwegian social welfare system
What is covered by the Norwegian system?
The Norwegian social welfare system includes:
Your rights depends on your membership.
Health care coverage and finding a doctor
You become a member of the Norwegian National Health Scheme when you receive your national ID number. A few weeks after you receive your ID number you should receive a mailing from NAV in which you are assigned a general practitioner (called fastlege in Norwegian).
Until you have been assigned a general practitioner you can use the clinic at Gløshaugen.
Norway's health system does not cover dental visits for adults, but children up to and including age 19 are cared for for free by the public dental clinics. You can also choose a private practititioner's office.
At weekends and holidays who can be reached by calling 73 50 55 00.
The greater Trondheim area is served by a number of chemists, or pharmacies (called apotek in Norwegian), most of which are typically open from 0900-1800 on weekdays and from 0900 to 1500 on Saturdays.
There are a number of pharmacies near the hospital, and the hospital itself maintains a branch pharmacy that is open until midnight every day of the week at Solsiden, at Beddingen 4 (map), in downtown Trondheim.
Doctors can write two types of prescriptions:
- Blue paper: a medication that you must have to treat a health problem. These types of prescriptions are covered by the health insurance scheme, and so you as the patient pay only a nominal cost for the drug.
- White paper: for medicine that is not medically necessary, can also be filled at the pharmacy, but the patient bears the full cost of the drug.