Information for Patients
Despite the size of the country, Malta’s healthcare system is rated as one of the best in the world. Malta has a strong public healthcare system, which provides free services to all Maltese citizens and anyone with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). There are several public hospitals in the island, with Mater Dei Hospital being one of the largest medical buildings in Europe. Patients are admitted to the hospital through a referral by a doctor or through the emergency department. Public primary healthcare services are provided by the health centers, which also provide a variety of preventive, curative and rehabilitative services.
The number of private clinics and hospitals in Malta is increasing due to residents’ increasing interests in private healthcare. Patients who choose to seek medical attention from private healthcare providers need to pay each time. Nearly all pharmacies offer GP services and some even provide specialized services. Each consultation costs around 10 euros.
Information for Health Care Professionals
In Malta, all medical practitioners and dental surgeons are required to register with and are subjected to the regulation of the Medical Council Malta. It is a criminal offence to work as a medical practitioner in Malta without holding registration with the Council. For non-Maltese nationals, full registration maybe granted upon applicants who EU/EEA nationals in possession of a primary medical qualification from an EU/EEA member state and who are fully registered in an EU/EEA state; EU/EEA nationals in possession of a primary medical qualification from a non-EU/EEA state but who are ready fully registered in an EU/EEA state; or non-EU/EEA nationals who are in possession of a primary medical qualification from a non-EU/EEA state and who have been successful in either a statutory examination or an adaption period. Proficiency in Maltese and English language is required.
One thing to note is that the majority of the Maltese doctors who work in the public system also have their private businesses, which offer greater financial income as well as reputation.
Information for Travellers
Malta is a popular medical tourism destination. Its high-quality healthcare services, strategic geographical location, as well as the favourable setting for patient recovery makes it an ideal place for medical tourism. Dental tourism in Malta is particularly popular among foreign patients. It is also very likely for Maltese residents to seek cross-border health care in relation to the treatment of rare diseases or specialized intervention, due to the reason that it is not cost-effective or feasible to conduct such treatment locally.
Travellers planning their way to Malta are recommended to receive multiple vaccines including Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, Rabies and Routine Vaccinations.
Link to Ministry of Health: https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/Pages/health.aspx