Prescription Charges in Denmark

Prescription Charges in Denmark

Background

In Denmark the National Health Service provides universal coverage. Currently it is administered by Denmark’s counties, but is overseen nationally. 85% of the health care expenditure comes from taxation. However, health care in Denmark is likely to change in 2007 to a regional funded system, supported by a new national health care tax. Supplementary private insurance is dominated by one insurer which insures 35% of the population [1].

As part of the National Health Service in Denmark there is a list of reimbursable prescription medication [2].

Patient co-payments

Patients pay a percentage of the cost of their prescription pharmaceuticals per year (see below).

Danish co-payments per year as of 2005[1] (Annual Dugs Consumption and Contribution):

  • DKr0-DKr520 : 100%
  • DKr521-DKr1,259 : 50%
  • DKr1,260-DKr2,949 : 25%
  • DKr2,950-DKr3,805 : 15%

Reduced Co-Payments

Patients under the age of 18 pay 50% of the cost of their prescription medication between DKr0-DKr1,259, after which the regular co-payment rates apply. Pensioners and those below pensionable age on low income can get assistance in paying for their prescription medication [1].

Co-Payment Exemptions

There are no exemptions under the Danish system.

Cap on Co-Payment

The contribution for chronically ill patients whose annual drugs consumption exceeds DKr3,806 drops to 0% [1].

Resources

Notes

    1. Bronner, M et al (2005) Pharmaceutical Pricing & Reimbursement 2005: a concise guide, PPR Communications Ltd.
    2. euro.who.int/document/e72787.pdf [Accessed 12/01/2006]

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