Some patients need an interpreter for their treatment at hospital, from their general practitioner, or from a specialist.
Healthcare staff are responsible for making sure that their patients understand the information, and therefore they will assess whether there is a need for an interpreter in connection with treatment.
Payment for an interpreter in connection with treatment
Patients resident in Denmark (i.e. with a CPR civil registration number) for a total of more than three years will be charged a fee for interpreter assistance when they need such assistance their treatment.
Some patients will not be charged for interpreting services. These are:
- patients who, because of reduced physical or functional ability temporarily or permanently lose their ability to learn Danish language skills, or maintain and use already learned Danish language skills.
- children who turn up for treatment without their parents.
- parents who need interpreter assistance in connection with treatment of a child.
- people from the German minority in Denmark who need interpreter assistance with the German language.
- patients from Greenland and the Faeroe Islands.
The fee will be charged for:
- each hospital admission,
- each outpatients consultation at hospital,
- each consultation at a general practitioner and practising medical specialist.
- Video/tele interpretation for an outpatient consultation at hospital, consultation at a general practitioner and practising medical specialist: DKK 191.
- Interpretation in person for an outpatient consultation at hospital, consultation at a general practitioner and practising medical specialist: DKK 334.
- Video/tele interpretation for a hospital admission: DKK 957.
- Interpretation in person for a hospital admission: DKK 1,675.
If you decide not to have an interpreter who has been assigned by the Region and you bring your own interpreter, you will have to pay the full cost of the interpreter. This applies irrespective of how long you have been a resident in Denmark and irrespective of whether you would otherwise be entitled to free interpreter assistance or you would have to pay a fee.
If you have a Danish civil registration number you can write to us securely via Digital Post at borger.dk (login with your NemID)
Read about interpreter assistance in danish
Complaints about interpreter fees
If you have been charged for an interpreter and you disagree with the fee, you can complain to the Danish Agency for Patient Complaints, www.stpk.dk
You can read more (in Danish) in:
The Danish Health Act, Act no. 191 of 28 February 2018.
Executive Order on interpreter assistance in accordance with the Danish Health Act, Executive Order no. 855 of 23 June 2018
Appeals and Compensation Act, Act no. 995 of 14 June 2018.