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How to use the card - Greece

Emergency

Call 166

Contact

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

Email: ehic@eopyy.gov.gr

Enquiries about health benefits in the EU:

Tel. +30 210 8110 916+30 210 8110 918 / +30 210 8110 919 / +30 210 8110 925


Treatment, coverage & costs

Doctors

  • You can consult a doctor in the public healthcare system (PEDY units or ESY outpatient services) or in an EOPYY contracted private medical clinic free of charge. EOPYY contracted medical clinics have a limit of 200 consultations per month free of charge. Beyond this limit, patients are required to pay for the consultation and are therefore advised to enquire about the availability for EHIC holders beforehand.
  • Just show your EHIC.
  • If you consult a private doctor (non-contracted), you will have to pay.

Dentists

  • Necessary dental treatment is mostly free of charge ONLY at PEDY or ESY units where available. Just show your EHIC.
  • EOPYY does not have contracts with private dentists.
  • If you consult a private dentist, you will have to pay.

Hospital treatment

  • Hospital treatment is free in public / state hospitals. Usually, a doctor will provide a referral for hospital treatment. Present your EHIC / PRC and your ID upon arrival at the admission desk. 
  • When treatment is provided in an EOPYY contracted private clinic, then you will be required to pay for part of the hospitalisation cost, all doctor’s and anesthesiologist fees, choice of room upgrades and other potential additional charges, depending on the type of surgery performed.
  • If you choose to be hospitalised in a private clinic without a contract with EOPYY, you will not be covered with your EHIC and you will have to pay for all costs.

Prescriptions

  • If your medical condition requires medication, then your treating doctor can provide you with the necessary e-prescription for your medication. You can purchase your medication at any private pharmacy as long as you carry your EHIC / PRC and the prescription is stamped and signed accordingly.
  • For each dispensed e-prescription there is a €1,00 fee (non-reimbursable).

Ambulance

  • When emergency transport by ambulance is required, you can dial 166 to be transported to a public hospital on duty. Emergency ambulance transportation is provided free of charge by EKAV (National Centre for Emergency Care).

Air ambulance

  • Free, in an emergency.
  • Provided by EKAV (National Centre for Emergency care).

Reimbursement

  • You are NOT entitled to claim reimbursement for any healthcare treatment provided by private non-contracted with EOPYY healthcare providers. .
  • You are NOT entitled to claim reimbursement for any patients’ financial contribution / co-payment.
  • If you  did not carry with you the appropriate entitlement document at the time that medical care was provided and had to pay, contact your national health insurance fund when you get home to examine if you are elegible for reimbursement. Make sure that you keep all documentation including invoices, receipts, medical reports, prescriptions, etc.

Patient contribution

  • If you choose to be treated at an EOPYY contracted private clinic, then you will be required to pay (co-payment) for part of the hospitalisation cost (30% for DRG applied or 10% for daily hospitalisation), all doctor’s and anesthesiologist fees, choice of room upgrades and other potential additional charges, depending on the type of surgery performed.
  • In most cases, there is in general a 25% patient contribution to the cost of the prescribed medication but for some groups of patients such as the chronically ill, medication is free of charge or a reduced patient contribution is applied.
  • For diagnostic tests in EOPYY contracted private clinics or EOPYY contracted private laboratories, there is a 15% patient contribution to the cost of the diagnostic examinations performed.

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 contracted healthcare provider.
  • If the treatment is provided at a private clinic or hospital (non-contracted), you will have to pay.

How do I apply for an EHIC?

Insured under the EFKA (the former TAISYT) social security system?


Doctors & hospitals accepting the EHIC


Loss of card

Contact for holders of EHICs issued in Greece

Insured under Greece's EFKA (the former IKA-ETAM) social security system?

Contact EFKA (the former 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.)
E mail: medek@ika.gr

Insured under EFKA (the former TAISYT) social security system?

Contact Chr. Lada 2, Athens
Fax: +30 210 3247935
Tel.: +30 210 3225730
E mail: bmhtrwo@etapmme.gov.gr