Information for Patients
The Greek healthcare system consists of a National Health System (NHS), compulsory social insurance and a strong voluntary private healthcare system. The NHS provides universal coverage to the population and in addition, the entire population is covered by social insurance funds and 15% of the population maintains complementary voluntary health insurance coverage, which, together with out-of-pocket payment, funds a quite large private healthcare market.
Information for Health Care Professionals
Foreign medical professionals who wish to practice medicine in Greece have to submit appropriate documents to DOATAP to have their degree recognised and then apply for a permit at the respective local authority for Public Health and register at the local medical association. Moreover, certain work visa requirements have to be met for non-EU citizens. Fluency in Greek is required.
Information for Travelers
Short term visitors from the EU with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card have automatic access to state healthcare in Greece. However, all visitors are advised to have travel insurance in place to be able to cover the costs of any unexpected medical treatment the EHIC might not cover or repatriation costs. Access to medical facilities may be restricted on some islands and in rural areas. Most doctors speak adequate English so communication should not be a problem.
Ministry of Health: https://www.moh.gov.gr/