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Unforeseen medical treatment - Hungary

Emergency

Orszagos Egeszsegbiztositasi Penztar
(Hungarian National Health Insurance Fund)
Tel: +36 1 350 1618
E-mail: sajto@oep.hu
E-mail: nemzetk@oep.hu

Treatment, coverage & costs

To take advantage of your European Health Insurance Card, you must consult healthcare professionals contracted by the Orszagos Egeszsegbiztositasi Penztar (OEP - the National Health Insurance Fund). They can be identified by the description: “A társadalombiztosítás egészségügyi szolgáltatásaira szerződött szolgáltató” (health service contracted to the state-operated social security system).

Doctors

  • To take advantage of your European Health Insurance Card, you must consult a doctor contracted by the Orszagos Egeszsegbiztositasi Penztar (OEP - the National Health Insurance Fund). Consultations are free of charge.
  • To consult a specialist, you will need a referral from a doctor.

Dentists

  • To take advantage of your European Health Insurance Card you must consult a dentist who is contracted by the national health insurance fund OEP.
  • OEP dentists can provide the following free of charge where medically necessary:
    • emergency care
    • some treatments provided on the basis of a referral from a specialist
    • certain treatments to preserve teeth
    • dental surgery
    • treatment of gum disease
  • For all other dental treatments, there will be a charge, except for persons under 18 or over 60, pregnant women, and women who recently gave birth up to the 90th day after childbirth.
  • Before treatment, read the information on display at the healthcare service provider or enquire by phone about the fees they apply (information can sometimes be available in other languages than Hungarian, but this is not a legal obligation).
  • The cost of materials is generally borne by the patient.

Hospital treatment

  • You need a referral from a doctor, except in case of an emergency.
  • Hospital treatment is generally free of charge in hospitals which have a contract with the national health insurance fund OEP.
  • There is be an additional charge of up to HUF 100,000 (since June 2012) if you:
    • do not have a referral from a doctor for the hospital treatment;
    • choose a healthcare provider other than the one specified in the
      referral;
    • choose to be treated by a doctor who is not on duty.
  • These charges are non-refundable in Hungary, but you can always seek reimbursement once you return home.
  • Hospitals apply additional charges for extra services, such as premium accommodation or special meals.

Prescriptions

  • A fee is charged for prescribed medicines.
  • Depending on the medication, you may either be charged a reduced fee or have to pay the full price. This is non-refundable in Hungary, but you can always seek reimbursement once you return home.

Ambulance

  • Ambulance service is free of charge.

Air ambulance

  • No information available.

Reimbursement

  • There are no reimbursements in Hungary because you are only charged the proportion of your healthcare costs for which there is no refund.
  • If you have to pay for care, contact your national health insurance provider once you return home to seek reimbursement.

Co-payment

National Health Insurance Fund

Dialysis, oxygen & chemotherapy

Loss of card

Contacts for holders of EHICs issued in Hungary

Orszagos Egeszsegbiztositasi Penztar
(Hungarian National Health Insurance Fund)
Tel: +36 1 350 1618
E-mail: sajto@oep.hu
E-mail: nemzetk@oep.hu


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