How does the Danish health care system work in practice?

Podcast interview with medical doctor and general practitioner Maria Holmegaard Sørensen about the Danish health care system.

Where do you call if your child gets sick on a Friday afternoon in Denmark? And how does the Danish health care system work in practice? How do you for instance choose a family doctor? And what is the role of your general practitioner? How do you get referred to medical specialists, and where can you find information about how to contact the specialist once you have been referred to one? When shall you call your general practitioner and when shall you call “Lægevagten”? Where can you find the phone numbers and adresses that you need to get in touch with the relevant medical assistance?

The guest in this podcast is medical doctor Maria Holmegaard Sørensen. Maria is a general practitioner and she is the owner of Brobylægerne, a medical clinic in Nr. Broby, a village close to Odense, in Denmark.

In the podcast, Maria shares information about how the Danish health care system works in practice, and she gives practical advice regarding where to find the information you need, and whom to contact within the Danish medical system for the medical needs of you and your family.

“when you know where to reach and where to get help, I think that is really important, because then you can feel secure, no matter where you are in Denmark”

Maria Holmegaard Sørensen, MD, general practitioner and owner of the medical clinic Brobylægerne, in Nr. Broby

Links, phone numbers, info and apps mentioned during the podcast

Where to call for medical assistance:
8am – 4pm: Your own general practitioner (sometimes the clinics have a voicemail with a separate number to call during the afternoon)
4pm – 8am (also weekends and holidays): Lægevagten (Region Syddanmark: 70 11 07 07)
Emergencies: 112

How to find a medical specialist:
When your general practitioner has referred you to a medical specialist, you can search for a medical specialist in your area on To find the search tool, you need to scroll down to the middle/bottom of the web page. A predefined search for medical specialists in Odense has been made here: “Find behandler”. To get to the list with specialists, please click on the box “Alle behandlere eller typer”.

Where to change your general practitioner:
On you can change your general practitioner.
When the change has been made, you will receive a new yellow card.

Other links and apps mentioned during the podcast:
Patienthåndbogen – Advise about diseases and treatments, made by Danish health professionals and supervised by Danish health authorities.
– Information about the Danish childhood vaccination programme.
– The latest information in English about the corona virus, on the Danish Health Authority’s website.
“Min Læge” – app for communication with your medical doctor.
“Medicinkortet” – app where you can view your medications and renew prescriptions.

How to start a business in Odense, Denmark

In this episode, Lene Høxbro Larsen (Odense Iværksætterservice, Stjerneskibet), Cristiana Cardoso (Silo Marked) and Henriette Johnsen (The Good Expat Life) are sharing advice and experiences regarding how to start up a business in Denmark.

The first part of this podcast is an interview with Lene Høxbro Larsen. Lene is a consultant for entrepreneurs, and she talks about how Odense Iværksætterservice and Stjerneskibet support entrepreneurs and the early start ups in Odense.

The second part of the podcast is an interview with Christiana Cardoso. Cristiana is the owner of Silo Marked; a new packaging free shop in Nørregade 30, in the center of Odense. Cristiana shares her experiences with starting up her new shop as an expat in Odense, and she gives advice to others who are considering starting up their own businesses in Denmark.

In the third part of the podcast, Henriette Johnsen talks about how Stjerneskibet supported her while she wanted to expand her clinic – the Good Expat Life – with personal empowerment groups for expat spouses. Henriette is a psychotherapist, specializing in expat life issues.

Links mentioned during the podcast:

Link to the contact information of the consultants at Odense Iværksætter Service, Stjerneskibet. On this webpage, you can also find a link to the mini-business plan (mini-forretningsplanen) that you need to fill in before meeting with one of the consultants at Odense Iværksætterservice.

Link to the list of private advisors that supports entrepreneurs for 1-2 hours for free, while the entrepreneurs receive advice from Odense Iværksætterservice

Link to a check list for entrepreneurs starting up a business

Link to a test for business ideas

Link to Silo Marked‘s webpage

Link to The Good Expat Life‘s webpage

The Good Expat Life with psychotherapist Henriette Johnsen

After living several years in London, Henriette Johnsen moved back to Odense in 2015. She has established the clinic “The Good Expat Life” here in Odense, where she specializes in expat life issues.

In the first part of this podcast, Henriette Johnsen talks about her work as a psychotherapist and how she supports the expat community in Odense and the surrounding areas through her practice. She also talks about expat life in Denmark in general, from the perspective of psychotherapy.

While we were producing this podcast, the corona crisis broke out, and Denmark started to close down to beat the virus. We decided to meet online and record an additional interview about how to cope with the social isolation during COVID-19.

In the second part of the podcast, which starts at 30:15, Henriette talks about consequences of social isolation and she explains how the body reacts to fear and anxiety. She also explains how to deal with anxiety, and she shares general coping strategies for how to get through the social isolation period of COVID-19.

For more information about Henriette Johnsen, her practice, and how to cope with social isolation during COVID-19 from an expat perspective, please see Henriette Johnsen’s website The Good Expat Life.

Podcast trailer

In the beginning of April 2020, the first episode of the podcast series “Expat Life in Odense, Denmark” will be released.

This podcast series is about every day life issues for expats living in Odense, Denmark. The series is created to help making the move to Odense smoother, by sharing stories, tips and tricks from expats in the city. Local citizens in Odense, who are in any way involved with supporting expats, will also be visiting the podcast.

The episodes will be posted on a monthly basis.