Medical Resources in Iceland
In an emergency - unconsciousness, serious bleeding, difficulty breathing - do not spend time trying to contact a doctor. Dial 1-1-2 and ask for an ambulance. Each ambulance is staffed with a resident physician and will transport you to the nearest hospital accepting emergencies.
If you are in Reykjavik and have an urgent medical problem you can also go straight to the emergency room at Landspitali University Hospital located in Fossvogur. It is open 24 hours a day. Telephone +354-525-1700.
After Hours care
For urgent after-hours primary care, call 1700. After-hours care is provided through a central primary care clinic located at Laeknavaktinn, Smaratorg 1 in Kopavogur staffed on a rotating basis by physicians from local clinics. House calls can sometimes be arranged. A nurse will answer, gather some information, and either:
- Offer advice on how to handle the problem.
- Suggest the patient come to the clinic to be seen.
- Send a physician to make a house call.
- Refer you to a hospital emergency room
You can visit the central primary care clinic in Smaratorg without an appointment from 17:00 23:30 on weekdays and 9:00 to 23:30 on weekends. From 23:30 to 8:00 you should call 1770 as described above.
It is also possible to establish yourself as a patient with a private physician. We have provided a list of doctors that you may use as a guide in finding a physician that meets your specific needs. The U.S. Embassy assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of persons or practices whose names appear on the following list.
For U.S. Citizens Living in Iceland: Affordable Care Act
U.S. citizens living abroad are generally subject to the same individual shared responsibility provision as U.S. citizens living in the United States. Starting in 2014, the individual shared responsibility provision calls for each individual to have minimum essential coverage (MEC) for each month, qualify for an exemption, or make a payment when filing his or her federal income tax return. However, U.S. citizens or residents living abroad for at least 330 days within a 12 month period are treated as having MEC during those 12 months and thus will not owe a shared responsibility payment for any of those 12 months. Also, U.S. citizens who qualify as a bona fide resident of a foreign country for an entire taxable year are treated as having MEC for that year.
All U.S. citizens are subject to the individual shared responsibility provision as are all permanent residents and all foreign nationals who are in the United States long enough during a calendar year to qualify as resident aliens for tax purposes. Foreign nationals who live in the United States for a short enough period that they do not become resident aliens for federal income tax purposes are not subject to the individual shared responsibility payment even though they may have to file a U.S. income tax return. The IRS has more information available on when a foreign national becomes a resident alien for federal income tax purposes. Learn more here.
For general questions about the Act, see the dedicated ACA website operated by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The HHS website includes a link to information about whether U.S. citizens residing abroad are subject to ACA. The Health Insurance Marketplace, sometimes known as the Health Insurance Exchange, is a new way to find quality health coverage. To be eligible for health coverage through the Marketplace, you must live in the United States; must be a U.S. citizen or national (or be lawfully present) and can't be currently incarcerated.
For tax issues related to ACA, see the ACA page within the IRS website. The IRS site provides further links/webpages, depending on whether you are an individual, employer, or other organization. For more information, see the Question and Answer page for Individuals.