Health Insurance

Residents of the European Union, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, who are entitled to health care of the national health services or mandatory health insurance scheme of their respective countries of residence, can receive the necessary health care in Hungary free of charge. In case of doubt the health care provider decides whether the needed treatment is medically necessary during the expected duration of the stay in Hungary.
 
For getting the treatment in the same conditions as Hungarian insured persons, a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or the Provisional Replacement Certificate (PRC) must be submitted to the health care provider.
 
If you need medically necessary treatment, it is advised to see a general practitioner (GP – “háziorvos”) first. The GP decides whether further specialised out- or inpatient treatment is necessary and will issue a referral. The specialised outpatient care, typically available at outpatient centres (“szakrendelő”), is rendered generally upon referral. Hospital treatment is normally provided through a referral from a GP as well. In urgent cases no referral is necessary.
 
Where a doctor issues a prescription, it should be taken to the pharmacy, where the European Health Insurance Card shall be submitted as well.
 
Private charges for seeing a doctor or dentist and co-payment for hospital services and pharmaceuticals are not refundable.
 
 
The citizens of the following States can receive health care in immediately necessary cases: Angola, Cuba, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Mongolia, North Korea, Russia, Ukraine. The document certifying the entitlement is the passport only.
 
 
Third Countries Citizens and/or residents of countries, which are not part of the European Economic Area and which don’t have bilateral agreements with Hungary on the provision of health care, have to pay full price for the health care services rendered in Hungary. According to the Hungarian legislation, the health care provider can set the fee basically freely; therefore the Hungarian National Health Insurance has no influence on the amount of fee charged. However, in order to avoid discrimination, it is important that the health care provider applies consequently the same fee for same service. For this purpose, most health care providers have established price lists that can be consulted before the treatment.
 
 
ALL STUDENTS ARE OBLIGED TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE VALID IN HUNGARY FOR THE DURATION OF THEIR STAY.
 
As a student, you can apply for a National Health Insurance. For more information, please contact the National Health Insurance Fund of Hungary (OEP) at 1139 Budapest, Váci út 73/A. Phone: +36-1-350-2001.
 
Several private health insurance companies are also available for additional health insurance and private medical services and hospitals.