Information for Patients
The healthcare system in Greenland is a publicly financed governmental responsibility managed by the Agency for Health and Prevention. While the Capital Nuuk has both a primary and a secondary health care system, providing a national hospital with a complete range of modern facilities, it is the only area in the country that does. Each other district has a basic small hospital and there are health clinics in every village. There are no private healthcare services, but there is private dental care, physiotherapy, psychotherapy and treatment for substance abuse. Besides the problems of expensive patient transports and long distances, the Greenlandic health service is also challenged by a shortage of staff, especially in the most sparsely-populated areas.
Information for Health Care Professionals
Greenlandic legislation allows for jobs to be filled by foreign labour if there are not enough qualified native workers available. Greenland’s health sector has so far routinely employed doctors and nurses from other European countries for shorter or longer periods of time. It is difficult to recruit clinical staff especially for more remote areas. Foreign trained medical professionals with an authorization to practice medicine in Denmark can do so in Greenland as well. Other citizens need to complete a special application process in Denmark.
Information for Travelers
EU citizens who hold European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) have access to free emergency medical care in Greenland. Other visitors need to purchase the appropriate travel health insurance. If you have underlying health conditions take into consideration the fact that medical services outside of the capital city are limited, thus it’s safer to stay around. In Nuuk medical tourism is becoming more and more popular due to the top quality of the facilities. Most of the medical staff is Danish and speak excellent English, so communication should not be an issue.
Ministry of Health: https://naalakkersuisut.gl/en/Naalakkersuisut/Departments/Sundhed