Updated: March 25 2023
- Health insurance for foreign students in Hungary:
- Registering with a general practitioner (GP) in Hungary
- How to call the emergency services in Hungary
- Pharmacies and getting medications in Hungary
- Dental care in Hungary
- Mental health services in Hungary
Health insurance for foreign students in Hungary:
Before arriving in Hungary, ensure you have valid health insurance coverage. EU/EEA students can use their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for access to public healthcare services. Non-EU/EEA students should obtain private health insurance from their home country or purchase a plan in Hungary upon arrival.
Registering with a general practitioner (GP) in Hungary
Upon arriving in Budapest, register with a local GP, who will be your primary healthcare provider. They can refer you to specialists, prescribe medications, and provide general medical advice. Ask your university's international office for a list of English-speaking GPs.
How to call the emergency services in Hungary
In case of emergencies, call 112, the universal emergency number in Hungary. Budapest has several hospitals with emergency departments, like the Semmelweis University Hospital or the Szent János Hospital. Make sure to carry your health insurance card and identification when visiting the hospital.
Pharmacies and getting medications in Hungary
Pharmacies in Hungary are called "gyógyszertár" or "patika." They usually carry a wide range of over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs. Most medications in Hungary require a prescription from a GP. In Budapest, some pharmacies offer 24-hour services, like the "Teréz Patika" near Nyugati Railway Station.
Dental care in Hungary
Dental care is not covered by EHIC or most public insurance plans. If you require dental services, look for private dental clinics in Budapest, which often cater to international patients. It's recommended to have private dental insurance or be prepared to pay out-of-pocket for treatments.
Mental health services in Hungary
Mental health services are available in Budapest, with some clinics and therapists offering services in English. Ask your university's international office or GP for recommendations, or search online for English-speaking mental health professionals.