Medicines bought in another EU/EEA country

Updated 08 February 2017

You can apply to us for reimbursement of prescription-only medicines, which do not form part of hospital treatment and which were bought in another EU/EEA country, pursuant to the Danish Health Act's general reimbursement rules.

NOTE:

From 1 December 2015, it has become mandatory to use our electronic application form when you apply for reimbursement of medicines bought in another EU/EEA country.

Link to electronic application form (in Danish)

Can I receive reimbursement of medicines bought in another EU/EEA country?

You can receive reimbursement if you are covered by the national health insurance in Denmark and have a health insurance card (the yellow card).

If you live in Denmark and are covered by the national health insurance in Denmark, but at the expense of a national health service in another EU/EEA country, e.g. because you are working abroad or only receive a foreign pension, then you have to apply for reimbursement from the foreign health service.

The other EU/EEA countries are: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Great Britain, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Austria.

Which medicines can I receive reimbursement for?

The conditions for receiving reimbursement of medicines are the same as if you buy medicines in Denmark. So if you are not entitled to reimbursement in Denmark, you cannot receive reimbursement of medicines bought in another EU/EEA country.

This means that:

  • The medicine must be prescribed to you.
  • The medicine must be eligible for reimbursement (if the medicine that you have bought in another EU/EEA country is not marketed in Denmark, reimbursement is granted if an identical reimbursable medicine (same active substance, strength and pharmaceutical form) is available in Denmark). Alternatively, you should apply for single reimbursement of the medicine in question. You can get an overview of automatically reimbursable medicines in Denmark at www.medicinpriser.dk
  • Regarding medicines which carry conditional reimbursement in Denmark, your doctor has to declare on the prescription that you meet the reimbursement condition (in Danish).
  • If the medicine must be prescribed by a specialist in a specific area to be eligible for single reimbursement in Denmark, the same condition applies to reimbursement of medicines bought in another EU/EEA country.
  • If the medicine you have bought would have formed part of a hospital treatment in Denmark, you are not entitled to reimbursement pursuant to the Danish Health Act's general rules about medicines. In these cases you should not apply for reimbursement from the Danish Medicines Agency, but from the region you live in, which administers the rules on the right to hospital treatment in other EU/EEA countries. The same applies to medicines that you have received as part of a hospital treatment in another EU/EEA country. Read more on the Danish Patient Safety Authority’s website about your right to hospital treatment in another EU/EEA country where you can also find links to the respective regional patient advisers.

How is my reimbursement calculated?

The reimbursement is calculated in the same way as if you had bought the medicine at a Danish pharmacy.

Generally, your reimbursement is calculated on the basis of the reimbursement price of the medicine in Denmark, subject to a maximum of the retail price of the medicine you have bought in another EU/EEA country. Read more about reimbursement prices

The reimbursement rates and thresholds are the same as those applicable to the calculation of reimbursement of medicines bought in Denmark. Read more about the applicable rates and thresholds under Reimbursement thresholds

Example of reimbursement calculation

Your CTR balance is DKK 4,000, and you are therefore entitled to reimbursement of 85%. You buy medicine for an amount corresponding to DKK 110 in another EU/EEA country. In Denmark, the reimbursement price is DKK 100. You will therefore receive DKK 85 from your region. Your CTR balance after this purchase is DKK 4,100.

Your CTR balance is DKK 4,000, and you are therefore entitled to reimbursement of 85%. You buy medicine for an amount corresponding to DKK 70 in another EU/EEA country. In Denmark, the reimbursement price is DKK 100. You will therefore receive DKK 70 from your region. Your CTR balance after this purchase is DKK 4,070.

Which documentation does the Danish Medicines Agency need to process my application for reimbursement?

We need:

  • Your Danish civil registration number
  • Your name, address and telephone number
  • The name of the region you live in (Capital Region of Denmark, Central Denmark Region, North Denmark Region, Region of Southern Denmark or Region Zealand)
  • The receipt for your purchase
  • The date of your purchase
  • The country in which you made the purchase
  • The name of the medicine
  • The price of the medicine
  • The currency
  • The package or a photo of the package
  • The prescription
  • A declaration that you have not received reimbursement for the medicine purchase by the country in which you made the purchase.

Right to reimbursement expires one year after the time of purchase

Please note that your application for reimbursement of medicines bought in another EU/EEA country must be submitted to the Danish Medicines Agency no later than one year after the time of purchase. If this deadline expires during a weekend, on a holiday, on the Danish Constitution Day (5 June) or on 24 or 31 December, the deadline will be changed to the preceding weekday.

If we have not received your application for reimbursement within this deadline, your right to reimbursement has expired.

Processing

We will process your application and send our decision to you. If you are entitled to reimbursement, the decision will include a calculation of the reimbursement.

We report the Danish reimbursement price to the Central Reimbursement Register (CTR), so that the amount is added to your CTR balance just as if you had bought the medicine at a Danish pharmacy.

We ask the region in which you live to reimburse you for the amount. The amount will be credited to your NEMkonto (Easy Account).

Complain about the decision

You cannot complain about our decision to another administrative authority, see section 168(3) of the Danish Health Act.

Legal basis

Danish Health Act, see the consolidation act no. 1188 of 24 September 2016 (in Danish)

Executive Order no. 470 of 23 May 2016 on reimbursement of healthcare outside the hospital services bought in or delivered from other EU/EEA countries (in Danish)

Other rules on reimbursement for medicines bought in another EU/EEA country

In addition to the Danish rules on reimbursement for medicines bought in another EU/EEA country, the rules governing the European Health Insurance Card also apply.

Read more about the European Health Insurance Card (blue card ) at the Danish Patient Safety Authority.

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