Those with citizenship and residence outside the European Economic Area (EEA) pay more for health care and service in Iceland than Icelanders.
The matter was brought to light, Vísir reports, when Progressive MP Vigdís Hauksdóttir asked Minister of Health Kristján Þór Júlíusson if there was some way to charge non-EEA citizens a higher fee for health care than EEA citizens. Kristján responded by pointing out that this is already the case.
The change went into effect in 2012, he said, when parliament voted on and approved a change to the existing health care law, which stipulated that those non-EEA citizens who are not legally insured with an insurance company will have to pay the full costs of whatever health care they might require in Iceland.
This regulation is to reviewed annually, with fees changed in accordance with inflation.