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Unforeseen medical treatment - Greece


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National Organisation for Healthcare Services Provision (EOPYY) (in Greek)

Tel. +30 210 8110 903 / +30 210 8110 904 / +30 210 8110 905 / you can dial the phone number up to +30 210 8110 931


Enquiries about health benefits in the EU:

Tel. +30 210 8110 916 / +30 210 8110 919 / +30 210 8110 925

Treatment, coverage & costs


  • You can usually see a public doctor free of charge. EOPYY contracted doctors have a limit of 200 consultations per month. When this limit is reached, the patient will have to pay as if he sees a private doctor.
  • 'Public' means a doctor working for the EOPYY, PEDY or ESY healthcare systems.
  • Just show your EHIC.
  • If you see a private doctor, you will have to pay.


  • You can see a public dentist (PEDY or ESY) free of charge. Just show your EHIC.
  • EOPYY does not have contracts with private dentists.
  • If you see a private dentist, you will have to pay.

Hospital treatment

  • Treatment is free in public hospitals – but a doctor in Greece must refer you.
  • In a private clinic that has an EOPYY contract, you must pay a contribution to treatment costs.


  • You can buy medicine prescribed by an EOPYY/PEDY/ESY doctor in any pharmacy.
  • You must pay a prescription charge – this varies on the medicine.
  • Prescription charges are non-reimbursable, but you may be able to claim reimbursement in your home country.


  • Free transport to 'on duty' public hospitals. These are hospitals offering emergency care out of hours on a rotating basis.
  • Provided by EKAV (National Centre for First Aid).

Air ambulance

  • Free, in an emergency.
  • Provided by EKAV (National Centre for First Aid).


  • No reimbursement of treatment provided by
    • private doctors
    • private clinics that do not have a contract with EOPYY.
  • If you have paid for care, contact your national health insurance fund when you get home for reimbursement.

Patient contribution

  • In a private clinic that has a contract with EOPYY, you will have to pay a contribution to the cost of treatment. The contribution ranges from 10-30% of the total cost. You have to pay the surgeon's and anaesthetist's fees. There may also be an extra charge for some types of surgery.
  • You have to pay 25% of the cost of prescribed medicines.
  • For diagnostic tests in EOPYY clinics, you must pay 15% of the total cost.

Dialysis, oxygen & chemotherapy

  • Free of charge with EHIC.
  • Pre-book treatment before you travel.
  • Make sure the treatment is booked with a PEDY or EOPYY healthcare provider.
  • If you have treatment at a private clinic or hospital, you will have to pay.

Loss of card

Contact for holders of EHICs issued in Greece

Insured under Greece's IKA-ETAM social security system?

Contact IKA-ETAM (Unit for the European Health Insurance Card)

Fax: +30 210 7783037

Tel.: +30 210 7457389 (from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

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