Health

Asylum applicants, recognized refugees, those who reside in Greece under a residence permit regime for humanitarian or exceptional reasons as well as their families, and those who belong to vulnerable groups, have the right to free access to hospitals and medical healthcare.

The elderly, pregnant women, the disabled, prisoners, the mentally ill and victims of sexual and labour trafficking are considered “vulnerable groups” and they are entitled to free access to the Public Health Structures even if they do not reside permanently in Greece.

Hospital coverage gives you access to all services within the Greek public hospitals. Medical coverage includes medical clinical tests, diagnostic or any other type of tests carried out by public health service providers (Social Insurance Institute (IKA), Municipal Health Centers etc.) as well as provision of drugs from hospital pharmacies or from pharmacies contracted to the Government.

If you are an asylum applicant or a recognized refugee and you cannot present the documents necessary for issuing an S.S.N. you can then have access to hospital and medical healthcare by showing your asylum applicant’s card (asylum applicants) or the residence permit (recognized refugees).

If you are an asylum applicant, a recognized refugee or you possess a written declaration of postponement of the removal decision or you belong to a vulnerable group but you cannot get an S.S.N., you may then be granted a Medical Care Card for Foreigners in order to obtain free access to hospital and medical healthcare.

You can be informed about the procedure of issuing a Medical Care Card through the Protection of Rights Offices or the Hospitals Administrative Services.

Everybody, regardless of their legal regime, they have the right to access the Emergency Medical Services of the Greek Public Hospitals.

No; you can find interpreters to a few public hospitals.