Free Healthcare in Denmark

Michelle Christoffersen

Healthcare is very different depending on which country you live in. In Denmark, you get free healthcare no matter what age or social class you’re in. You have access to go to a doctor anytime you need to, and if you have a health problem or break a leg, the healthcare covers it.

It is one of the main focuses in Denmark to establish goals for national health policy and determining national health legislation, formulating regulation and providing guidelines for the health sector. The Danish Quality Model was introduced in 2005 and sets a goal to take care of the society and prevent the issue of people being unable to pay their medical bills.

Denmark is one of the world’s leaders in the use of healthcare technology. Practitioners use Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Electronic Prescribing to exchange clinical messages (EDI). Physicians have electronic medical records with full clinical functionality. This makes it easier for the hospitals to keep track of their clients, and it’s very clear who the client they’re working with is, and what their medical history is.

The other side of the story is that the Danish government requires high taxes. The average Dane pays a total amount of 45 percent in income taxes. Danish income taxes are based on a progressive tax system, so if you make more than 61,500 euros (about $67,000) per year, an additional tax rate of 7 percent is added over this threshold. Still, 9 out of 10 Danes say that they are happy to pay their taxes. They say it’s an investment in their society. With the free education, free medical healthcare and the laws for parental leave, the Danes simply have less to worry about in their daily lives when it comes to health care, but also in terms of basic needs and survival.

Denmark is a small country, so many may not know exactly how the Danish Welfare Model works, but in this video a Danish politician explains how a woman from Fox News gives false facts about Denmark in the show. He corrects her, and also adds other points about Denmark and the welfare system. I think this woman is saying this stuff to get attention, and I think it is important that people know the truth.

The welfare system in Denmark is helping a lot of people. When I was little, and my mom had just moved to Denmark, we never had to worry about if me or my sister got sick. My parents could save up their money for vacations or nice clothes for me and my sister etc. When my grandpa got sick, the hospital took care of him and we never had to worry about having enough money to save his life. No one in Denmark has to worry about that. Just by being a human, you have the right to medical care and to get the education you want, of course if you work hard for it. I don’t have to worry about money for college, and I get paid for going to school, so my parents don’t have to worry about it either. The welfare system is here to stay, and a lot of countries would benefit from taking notes on what Denmark is out here doing.

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