Enquiries about health benefits in the EU:
Treatment, coverage & costs
- In case of an emergency or medically necessary situation, you can consult a doctor in the public healthcare system (PEDY units or NHS (ESY) outpatient services) or in an EOPYY contracted private doctor practice free of charge. EOPYY contracted private doctor practices 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 practice (non-contracted), you will have to pay.
- Necessary dental treatment is mostly free of charge ONLY at PEDY or NHS (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 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.
- 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).
- 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).
- Free, in an emergency.
- Provided by EKAV (National Centre for Emergency care).
- 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 eligible for reimbursement. Make sure that you keep all documentation including official invoices, receipts, medical reports, prescriptions stamped and signed accordingly by the treating doctor, etc.
- 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 social security system?
You can find their application form on their website:
Doctors & hospitals accepting the EHIC
- All EOPYY contracted healthcare providers for all areas in Greece (in Greek)
- All available healthcare facilities located near you (in Greek and English)
Loss of card
Contact for holders of EHICs issued in Greece
Insured under Greece's EFKA social security system?
Contact EFKA (Unit for the European Health Insurance Card)
(Former IKA, former OAEE, former ETAA, former OGA, etc.)
Tel: +30 2105228858 / +30 2105274388
Fax: +30 2105243477
Address: Ag. Konstantinou 5, 10430 Athens, Greece