Free hospital choice
Information on waiting times
Information on waiting times for the treatment of specific illnesses may be found on www.venteinfo.dk, provided by the Danish Ministry of Health, or by speaking to a Patient Advisor. Speak to your doctor about your choice of hospital, and let him or her advise you on your choice. This is the best way to ensure a satisfactory solution.
Your doctor must refer you to your hospital of choice. Please note that if your condition deteriorates, your doctor is entitled to decide whether your referral should be changed. The hospital will then be able to bring forward your treatment if this is practically possible.
Maximum waiting times
Life-threatening cancer and heart disease must be treated within a specific 9 time frame. If you have been referred to a hospital that is unable to meet the treatment time guarantee, the hospital is obliged to use its own powers to refer you to a different hospital in Denmark or abroad.
Using your right to free hospital
choice If you wish to exercise your right to free hospital choice, it is advisable that you choose your preferred hospital prior to your preliminary examination. This is due to the fact that some hospitals will not accept preliminary examinations carried out at a different hospital.
Extended free hospital choice
If you have been referred for treatment at a hospital in your local region, your rights to choose are extended if you have to wait for more than 2 months to receive your actual treatment. In that case, you are entitled to choose to be treated either in private hospitals or clinics in Denmark, or in hospitals abroad which have entered into a special agreement with the Danish regions. Please be aware that the extended rule of free choice only applies to certain types of treatment. If you have been referred for treatment for a severe illness, your rights to choose are extended already if you have to wait for more than 1 month. For more information you can contact the Patient Advisors at the Region og Southern Denmark:
Patient Office, Region of Southern Denmark
Telephone +45 76 63 14 90