General Practitioners (fastlege)

All inhabitants who are registered in the National Registry as living in Norway have the right to a General Practitioner/family doctor. You can choose your own doctor, as long as the doctor is available.

Children under the age of 16 get the same doctor as their mother, assuming the parents have joint parental responsibility and share the same address. In the case of shared custody, the child will have the same doctor as the parent who the child is registered as living with.

Who is entitled to a General Practitioner?

​Everyone who is registered in the National Registry as resident in a Norwegian municipality is entitled to have a General Practitioner (GP; fastlege in Norwegian).

Persons who have D-numbers are not entitled to a GP, with the exception of the following groups, who are entitled:

  • Asylum seekers with D-numbers, and their families
  • NATO personnel with D-numbers and their families

A D-number is an identity number assigned to people who do not meet the criteria for being allocated a standard Norwegian national identification number.

Other persons with a D-number are not entitled to a doctor, but are entitled to medically necessary healthcare. If you are unsure about whether you are entitled to a GP, call Veiledning helsenorge.no (user service) at telephone number +47 23 32 70 00.

For more information on the GP system, please refer to the web site helsenorge.no.

Doctor's offices in Kvam

The municipality of Kvam currently has four doctor's offices:

  • Norheimsund Medical Center is located at Sandvenvegen 35, Norheimsund.
    Opening hours: Mon - Fri, 08.00 - 16.00. Phone 56 55 39 40. 
    For their Norwegian-language web site, see norheimsundlegesenter.no
  • Helsebanken is located at Hardangerfjordvegen 665, Øystese.
    Opening hours: Mon - Fri, 08.00 - 16.00. Phone: 56 55 38 50.
  • Sjukestova is situated at Trånavegen 91, Ålvik. 
    Opening hours: Mon, Wed and Fri, 08.00 - 15.30. Phone: 56 55 75 00. 
  • Strandebarm doctor's office is located at Tangeråshagen 1, 5630 Strandebarm. 
    Opening hours: Mon - Fri, 08.00 - 15.30. Phone: 56 55 69 30. 
    For their Norwegian-language web site, see strandebarmlegekontor.no

If you do not normally reside in Kvam, and are in need of medical attention, you can turn to the nearest doctor's office. You can also contact the out-of-hours medical centre on phone 116 117. In case of severe, life-threatening injury or illness, call 113. 

User fees

When you use the services of a GP, you must pay a user fee. Treatment of children under age of 16 is free of charge. If you are not a resident of Norway, or a citizen of a EU/EEA country or Switzerland, please refer to the web site helsenorge.no for further information. 

Anyone staying in Norway is entitled to urgent medical care from the municipal and specialised health services. Treatment must be provided as long as it is "an urgent medical necessity".

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