Information for Patients
In Monaco, all citizens are entitled to have equal access to healthcare services. All workers and self-employed are required to contribute to the compulsory social insurance scheme Caisses Sociales de Monaco, which entitles them and their families to reimbursement of approximately 80% to 100% of medical care including medical procedures, prescribed medications, dentistry, rehabilitation, pregnancy and childbirth, and certain inpatient services. French and Italian citizens can also enjoy Monaco’s public healthcare services given that they have contributed to their home country’s state healthcare system.
GPs are the first point of contact for medical care, they will refer patients to specialists or hospitals if necessary. Emergency care is available for everyone at Princess Grace Hospital, which is one of the three public hospitals in Monaco. Private healthcare services are also available in Monaco. These facilities are all funded by the doctors themselves through private insurance contributions.
Information for Health Care Professionals
In 2015, the country has 581 doctors per 100,000 persons, which makes it the third highest proportion of doctors for its population in Europe. No one can practice medicine or surgery in the Principality if he or she is not included on a list adopted by the Minister of State. Only doctors and surgeons who hold an authorization issued by the Minister of State would be included in the list. The authorization will only be issued on the basis of a French medical doctor’s diploma or a foreign diploma recognized as equivalent.
There are several expert specialties in Monaco including dermatology, gynaecology, paediatrics, cardiology, oncology and geriatrics.
Information for Travellers
Monaco is eying the medical tourism market by offering VIP-style medical check-up services, which aims to provide tailor-made health examinations to its clients. The Princess Grace Hospital is one of the active contributors to this new business. It is reported that approximately 20% of the patients coming from abroad have used this service. The official language of Monaco is French, but other languages such as Italian, English and Monegasque are also spoken in the Principality.
Travellers planning their way to Monaco are recommended to receive multiple vaccines, including Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies and routine vaccinations.
Link to Ministry of Health: https://en.gouv.mc/Government-Institutions/The-Government/Ministry-of-Health-and-Social-Affairs