Bureaucracy and birth control: Navigating the Danish health care system

Denmark has free, universal health care. One of the perks of paying 37-55% of your income in taxes, I suppose. It’s free to visit a doctor, and you pay a subsidized rate for prescriptions – not unlike the co-pay that many American insurance plans have.

“Free” and “universal,” however, are not necessarily synonymous with “efficient.”

After many phone calls, automated recordings and unresponsive doctors, I finally attained birth control in Denmark. Health care here may be free, but it's not particularly efficient!
After many phone calls, automated recordings and unresponsive doctors, I finally attained birth control in Denmark. Health care here may be free, but it’s not particularly efficient!

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