Travel to Hungary

30/04/2013 -- Admin
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Medical and Health

Hungarian public healthcare services are generally considered passable, but there are problems due to staff shortages, especially doctors.  Waiting times can be long, and poorly paid doctors and dentists have been known to accept ‘gratitude money’ from patients.

Documents needed: Passport and European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Doctors and Hospitals

You can use the EHIC (EU medical card) – previously known as the E111 Form – for treatment from doctors who are registered with the Hungarian National Health Insurance Fund (OEP).  They charge a small consultation fee per visit.

Treatment is generally free of charge in state run hospitals where you could be offered the option of paying for a private room or special meals – comprehensive travel insurance can cover these extra costs and make your stay more comfortable

Except for medical emergencies, you need a doctor’s referral for hospital admission. For hospital treatment without a referral you could be charged up to HUF 100,000 (£290). 

There’s also a small daily charge for inpatient treatment for the first 20 days, and a nominal charge per outpatient visit.

Some medical centres (szakrendelo) charge HUF 1000 for treatment without a doctor's referral.

Charges are non-refundable in Hungary but you may be able to get reimbursement in the UK.

Dentists:  Use the EHIC to get treatment from dentists who are contracted with the OEP. You usually have to pay for the cost of materials.  Free for under 18s and over 60s. Emergency treatment is free.

Ambulance

Ambulance travel is free of charge, but patchy, especially outside large urban centres like Budapest. 

If you’re too sick to continue your holiday, comprehensive travel insurance can cover repatriation back to UK via scheduled airline/specialist air ambulance with medical escort, also compensate you for personal accident.

Prescriptions

Pharmacies in Budapest are well stocked, less so in rural areas. Depending on the medication, you could be charged a reduced fee or pay full price with the EHIC. Non-refundable in Hungary but you may be able to claim it back in the UK.