Unforeseen medical treatment
- Czech Republic
Centrum mezistatnich uhrad (CMU)
(Centre for international reimbursements)
Tel: +420 236 033 411
Treatment & costs
- To take advantage of your European Health Insurance Card, you must consult a doctor who has a contract with one of the Czech health insurance funds. You will be charged a small, standard fee of CZK 30.
- Doctors will ask you to sign a "Potvrzeni o naroku" (certificate of entitlement), which they use to bill your treatment to the Czech public health insurance fund.
- If you need prescription medicines, laboratory tests or other examinations, the doctor will give you copies of the "Potvrzeni o naroku". You will have to show a copy at the pharmacy or to the healthcare provider in charge of your treatment.
- If you are staying in the Czech Republic for an extended period, you can register with one of the Czech health insurance funds, which will issue you a “Potvrzeni o registraci” (certificate of registration) valid for the length of your stay. You must present this document whenever you seek treatment or have a prescription filled.
- Standard dental care is covered by the public health insurance system. However, charges are due for certain extra dental treatment and materials, for which you will usually have to pay at least part of the cost. The standard fee is CZK 30.
- A list of hospitals that offer public healthcare is available online from the Centrum mezistatnich uhrad (CMU) – Centre for international reimbursements.
- There is a daily charge for inpatient treatment of CZK 100.
- A charge is due for emergency hospital treatment on weekends, during holidays or between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. on working days, unless you are subsequently admitted.The fee for emergency treatment is CZK 90.
- There is a standard charge for medical prescriptions (CZK 30 – as of February 2013). In addition to this, you must pay part or all of the cost of any medicine that is not fully covered by the public health insurance system.
- Ambulance service is free.
- Air ambulance service is free.
Generally, you should not be charged anything other than the standard patient fees.
If you have had to pay for care, contact your national health insurance fund once you return home to seek reimbursement. You cannot request a reimbursement in the Czech Republic.