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Healthcare information when visiting Greece (English Version)

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  • EuropeanUnion

    Where do I seek medical treatment with my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) while visiting Greece?

    Access to primary and secondary healthcare for insured European citizens who hold a valid European Health Insurance Card is ensured by presenting the EHIC and proof of identification of the holder (passport or ID) in the network of healthcare providers.

    Primary healthcare for insured European citizens includes doctor visits and diagnostic examinations, provided by:

    Secondary healthcare for insured European citizens includes anything in relation to hospital treatment and is provided by:

  • EuropeanUnion

    I am visiting Greece but unfortunately I do not have my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with me. I need a doctor. What can I do?

    Insured European citizens who do not carry with them their European Health Insurance Card at the time of receiving necessary treatment or insured European citizens who choose to receive healthcare treatment from a health provider outside of the structures of PEDY Units (National Primary Healthcare Network) or outside of the structures of the National Health System (NHS) or outside of EOPYY contracted providers network, are required to pay privately for the healthcare services they receive.
    Provided that the European citizens, who received healthcare treatment which they paid for privately, fulfill all the necessary conditions to be entitled to sickness benefits in kind in the Member State of stay, they are able upon returning to their country to apply for reimbursement following the process defined and in accordance with article 25.B.4, 25.B.5 and 25.C.10 of the Implementing Regulation (EC) No 987/2009 of the European Parliament & of the Council (though the use of E126 form).

    The insured European citizens, who pay privately the expenses for necessary healthcare treatment, should obtain all the necessary documents in order to submit them to their health insurance provider in order to be processed and assessed for reimbursement. These documents include a medical diagnosis provided by the doctor for the specific medical condition of the patient and the corresponding invoice / proof of payment for each medical condition / provision duly signed and stamped. Furthermore, in case that medication has been paid privately, the medical prescription and the proof of payment from the drugstore are necessary to be obtained.

    It is important to note that when applicable, co-payments (patient contribution) or any other type of costs that, according to National Legislation, burdens financially the Greek insured citizens for the benefits in kind provided (primary and secondary healthcare), are paid privately from all patients (pursuant to the European Regulations the insured person is entitled to benefits in kind on the same terms as those applicable to persons insured under the legislation of the Member State of stay), unless otherwise specified.

    Special reference should be made for the cases that insured European citizens specifically choose to make use of the Directive 2011/24/EE on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare.

  • EuropeanUnion

    I am visiting Greece but unfortunately I do not have my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with me. I need urgent hospitalization. What can I do?

    Secondary healthcare for insured European citizens include anything in relation to hospital treatment and is provided by:

    When feasible, a Clinic or a Hospital can request from the patients ‘competent Institution a Provisional Replacement Certificate (PRC), which provides the same coverage as the European Health Insurance Card and has a specific duration of validity, in order certify the patient’s entitlement to benefits in kind and be able to follow the procedure laid down by the European Legislation.

    Insured European citizens who do not carry with them their European Health Insurance Card at the time of receiving necessary treatment or insured European citizens who choose to receive private healthcare treatment are required to pay privately for the healthcare services they receive.
    Provided that the European citizens, who received healthcare treatment which they paid for privately, fulfill all the necessary conditions to be entitled to sickness benefits in kind in the Member State of stay, they are able upon returning to their country to apply for reimbursement following the process defined and in accordance with article 25.B.4, 25.B.5 and 25.C.10 of the Implementing Regulation (EC) No 987/2009 of the European Parliament & of the Council (though the use of E126 form).

    It is important to note that when applicable, co-payments (patient contribution) or any other type of costs that, according to National Legislation, burdens financially the Greek insured citizens for the benefits in kind provided (primary and secondary healthcare), are paid privately from all patients (pursuant to the European Regulations the insured person is entitled to benefits in kind on the same terms as those applicable to persons insured under the legislation of the Member State of stay), unless otherwise specified.

If you have a particular issue, you can contact us:
DIVISION OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS OF EOPYY

12 Apostolou Pavlou Str, 151 23 Maroussi Athens Greece

+30 2108110916, +30 2108110918, +30 2108110925, +30 2108110919

+30 2108110945

ehic@eopyy.gov.gr

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