Denmark's five regions were established in 2007 and have the responsibility for running the healthcare system in close cooperation with 98 municipalities. The regional areas of responsibility include:
- Primary health care
- General practitioners
- Private practising specialists
- Drug reimbursement
The governing bodies of the regions are regional councils consisting of 41 members elected by the public for a four year term. Each regional council is headed by a regional council chairman chosen by the menbers of the council.