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Factsheet for measure DK-2022-16/2286 – measures in Denmark
|Country||Denmark , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 13 April 2022 – 20 March 2024|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Access to healthcare
|Author||Carsten Jørgensen (FAOS, University of Copenhagen), Anders Randrup (Oxford Research)|
|Measure added||16 May 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)|
The Minister of Health has issued a new executive order (442 of 09/04/2022) giving Ukrainians who have applied for a residence permit in Denmark under the special law access to necessary health services while their application is being processed.
All Ukrainians who are seeking a temporary residence permit will thus be issued a yellow health insurance certificate and be entitled to health services on an equal footing with others residing in Denmark. It does not matter if the citizen is living in a private home, a place given by the municipality or is placed in an asylum.
Before this measure, only Ukrainians who were seeking residence permits and were accommodated privately or by the municipalities, had the rights to get acute and continued treatment. Ukrainians living in asylums only had rights to necessary treatments.
This measure ensures that all Ukrainians seeking residence permit can get acute and continued treatment, which include:
Right to emergency and continued hospital treatment
Covers hospital treatment in case of accidents, sudden illness and birth or sudden worsening of chronic illness, etc. The regional hospitals can offer assessment and treatment that goes beyond the acute need for treatment if the hospital assesses that the specific circumstances make it unreasonable to refer the patient for treatment in the home country.
Right to necessary health services
A health service is necessary if it is pain relieving or urgent. A treatment is considered urgent if it can not wait until the alien is granted a residence permit or departure, because the condition can involve not insignificant risks of lifelong injury, development of severe disease progression or chronicity of the condition
Entitled to all benefits of the Health Act Ukrainians who have been granted a temporary residence permit under the Special Act are entitled to all the benefits of the Health Act if they are registered in the CPR register and have been issued the yellow health card.
There is no data that shows how many Ukrainians have made use of the health care system yet. However, currently 26,614 people have applied for the special law, and are thus entitled to the health care card and treatment on equal terms as others residing in Denmark.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Migrants or refugees
Local / regional government
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
There is no records found on how social partners have assisted in implementing this measure. However, the measure is still in the implementation phase and The Ministry of Health is currently, in dialogue with KL, the Danish Regions and the General Practitioners' Organization (PLO), in the process of determining how the assistance to the privately and municipally accommodated Ukrainians is to be organized. Ukrainians who are accommodated in an asylum centers receive treatment through the doctor who is connected to the place.
There is no explicit views on this measure.
Eurofound (2022), Access to health services for Ukrainians with temporary residence permits, measure DK-2022-16/2286 (measures in Denmark), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/DK-2022-16_2286.html
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