This blog is dedicated to the growing amount of international visitors to my site and practice. It is not easy to be in a foreign country, needing psychological help. I often answer questions from international clients on how the Danish health system regarding psychological treatment works. That is not strange, as it can be quite a jungle to navigate through - even for native Danes! Below, I sum up some basic information that you might find helpful:
Publicly supported psychotherapy
With a referral from your general practician, you have the right to receive psychotherapy with public support. That will bring the normal fee of about 900 kr. down to about 300 kr.
Below is a complete list of criteria, that your doctor will have in mind when you ask him for a referral to a psychologist:
- robbery, violence and rape victims
- traffic and accident victims
- relatives of seriously mentally ill persons
- persons suffering from seriously debilitating illness
- relatives of persons suffering from a seriously debilitating illness
- relatives of recently deceased persons
- persons who have attempted suicide
- women having undergone induced abortion after the 12th week of pregnancy
- persons who, before the age of 18, have been victims of incest or other sexual assaults
- persons above the age of 18 years with mild to moderate depression
- persons between the ages of 18 and 38 years with mild to moderate anxiety disorder, including mild to moderate OCD
The authorities are controlling expenses for psychotherapy by limiting the amount of psychologists with a public support agreement. Further, there is a limitation to the amount of clients with public support, that any of those psychologists can take in every year. There is a quota for every of the above criterion, and the quota for depression and anxiety are often filled up quickly, resulting in even longer waiting lists, than you will usually find when using a public support agreement. Should you have a referral, you might try a search on www.psykologeridanmark.dk for length of psychologists' waiting lists in your area with or without public agreement. I do not have a public service agreement and thus can not offer you the public discount.
Private health insurances
The terms of coverage for psychotherapy differs between private health insurances. Many insurances offer full coverage of sessions with an authorized psychologist (as am I). However, some insurances have their own network of psychologists, and will not (or not fully) cover sessions held outside of this network. Some insurances initially advice you to choose from their own network of psychologists (as those usually work under reduced rates, this it is cheaper for the insurance company), but should there be special reasons such as language barriers or other individual concerns, it may be possible to choose your own psychologist. Please check the terms of your insurance for specific information.
Sygesikringen danmark is a members-owned private health insurance that contributes financially to ordinary health-related expenses. You can choose between four different insurance groups. Most of these groups cover part of the fee of psychotherapy, if you meet one of the criteria mentioned under Publicly Supported Psychotherapy. This applies to sessions with an authorized psychologist (as myself), whether you have a referral from your general practician or not. Please check the terms of your insurance for specific information. You can read more about Sygesikringen danmark in English here.
Community financed psychological treatment
In some cases, you might be able to get full or partial coverage of psychotherapy through your community. Please ask your social worker at your community, whose name you should be able to request at Borgerservice, phone (Aarhus): +45 89402000.
Industrial Industry Board (Arbejdsskadestyrelsen)
In relation to certain work related mental injuries, the Danish Industrial Board (Arbejdsskadestyrelsen) subsidizes psychological treatment. Follow this link or call +45 72206000 for further information.
Acute psychiatric care
In case of severe and acute crisis, you might need to go to the psychiatric emergency room ("Psykiatrisk Skadestue"), which is part of the hospital system in Denmark. To go there, you need to talk to your GP first. If you need help outside of office hours, the doctors on call (”Lægevagten”) can help you further: Phone: +45 70113131. Your GP or doctor on call will refer you to further relevant treatment.
I hope this was useful to you! In case you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.