All citizens of the Czech Republic are required to make compulsory contributions to a state approved health insurance company. Czech citizens, residents, and anyone working for a Czech employer are automatically insured under the country's public healthcare system and pay monthly contributions. The state-owned General Health Insurance Company (GHIC) covers the majority of the population. The Czech medical system consists of a good infrastructure of public and private hospitals. The cost of healthcare is low compared to other European countries, but the quality of healthcare is quite high. The Czech Republic is known to have one of the best systems of healthcare in Central Europe.
Information for Health Care Professionals
If a foreign national wishes to work in the health care sector in the Czech Republic, his or her professional qualification must be recognized in the aptitude test. The test is conducted in Czech and consists of four consecutive parts: written test to verify professional knowledge, written test to verify knowledge of the health system and rudiments of law in relation to the provision of healthcare in the Czech Republic, practical part and oral examination. Moreover, the applicant needs to provide a positive health record and a criminal record. The aptitude test costs CZK 7,000 (approx. GBP 225). This doesn’t apply to doctors educated in the EU, whose qualification is usually recognized, but they still need to pass the language test.
Information for Travelers
Short-term travelers are expected to have appropriate travel insurance. Travelers staying in the country for less than 90 days will need to show proof of travel health insurance. The Czech Republic has reciprocal healthcare agreements with other countries. In particular, EU citizens who hold European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) have access to free emergency medical care in the Czech Republic. Many doctors in public and private hospitals are able to speak English.
Ministry of Health: http://www.mzcr.cz/