- Purchase the complete Expat Arrivals Oslo Guide (PDF)
The healthcare system in Olso consists of both public and private services and facilities. Every citizen and resident of Norway is entitled to healthcare, and Oslo offers some of the best medical facilities in the country.
Expats who contribute to the National Insurance Scheme have access to Oslo’s public healthcare system. Most communities have a public medical clinic (helsesenter), where residents of the area can make an appointment to see a doctor. Public medical services are not entirely free but highly subsidised by the government. A patient will be expected to pay a nominal fee after each visit, but once they have reached a specific limit, they are entitled to an exemption card (frikort) and they will not have to pay any more within that calendar year. If a person chooses to go to a private practice, fees are higher and they will not be able to use an exemption card. Some people prefer to go private in order to avoid waiting times or to see specific specialists. Expats will need good health insurance coverage to access private healthcare services at reasonable costs, as prices can be quite hefty.
The number of private medical clinics in Oslo is growing. Emergency walk-in services are available as well as scheduled appointments for general practitioners and specialists. Several of these clinics have specialised departments.
Hospitals in Oslo
Address: Sognsveien 68, Sognsveien 70 A, 0855, Oslo
Address: Rosenkrantz gate 9, 0159 Oslo
Volvat Medisinske Senter
Address: Borgenveien 2A, 0370, Oslo
►Expats with children will want to check out the Schools in Oslo page
"Healthcare in Norway is good, pretty much like in any other European country. The system is fairly simple, without compensations or reimbursements like in France. If you don’t like your doctor (GP) or want one closer to home, you can change online, but no more than twice a year. A consultation is about 17€ and if you are pregnant, you won’t have to pay for anything."
Read our interview with Central American expat Gisèle to learn more about the expat experience in Oslo.
Are you an expat living in Oslo?
Expat Arrivals is looking for locals to contribute to this guide, and answer forum questions from others planning their move to Oslo. Please contact us if you'd like to contribute.
Expat Health Insurance
Cigna Global can tailor an international health insurance plan to perfectly fit the needs of you and your family. With 86 million customers in over 200 countries, Cigna Global has unrivalled experience in dealing with varied and unique medical situations and delivering high standards of service wherever you live in the world. Cigna are offering a 10% discount on all policies bought in November and December.
Sirelo has a network of more than 500 international removal companies that can move your furniture and possessions to your new home. By filling in a form, you’ll get up to 5 quotes from recommended movers. This service is free of charge and will help you select an international moving company that suits your needs and budget.