Health Insurance and Medical Care


Students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are entitled to the provision of necessary and urgent health care free-of-charge. It is only necessary that they have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

However, they are only entitled to essential medical care according to the nature of the illness and expected length of stay. On the basis of the card, the insurance company will not pay for anything above the framework of essential care and will not even settle the excess stipulated by the local laws. This excess is payable at the following levels in the Czech Republic:

  • Emergency treatment – CZK 90
  • Visits to a dentist are billed in a specific manner.

Please bear in mind that your European health card insurance entitles you only to coverage of the costs of medical care in the Czech Republic and Czech doctors are instructed to try to ensure that you need not leave the country earlier than you planned as a result of medical problems.

Other kinds of medically related care, e.g. non-urgent treatment, or medically assisted transport home following serious illness or injury, are not covered, and for these eventualities we recommend you take out extra medical or commercial travel insurance with an insurance provider in your home country.

Students from non-EU countries should have an additional commercial insurance. They should get one before leaving their home country. Should you be requesting – from abroad - a permit to stay in the Czech Republic for longer than 90 days and proof of your having travel medical insurance is required, such insurance shall cover the cost of necessary and immediate health care. The sum assured shall be at least EUR 60.000. Along with proof of your having travel medical insurance you will be required to submit a notarized Czech translation of your insurance contract and its general conditions. Upon request, you are also obliged to submit proof that you have paid the insurance premium for the entire period of your requested stay. If you are already in the Czech Republic and are applying for renewal of your long-stay visa or long-term residence permit, you will be required to submit proof of travel medical insurance providing comprehensive health care from an insurer licensed to provide such insurance in the Czech Republic (

Need advice on your insurance and which company to choose? More information to be found at:







If your medical problem isn't an emergency, Prague has several clinics that cater to English-speaking clients that can provide a network of services from basic examination to accompanying a patient to the hospital. Please note, however, that these are usually commercial operations that may charge a high fee.

Before seeing any doctor for the first time we recommend you to register with one of the seven statutory Czech health insurance companies. The largest one is VZP (Všeobecná zdravotní pojišťovna - General Health Insurance Company). A list of all insurance companies can be found at Registration is a very easy and free of charge procedure that simplifies appointments and covering costs by doctors. You will be asked to present your blue European health insurance card and will be given your personal health insurance number you should show to doctors or in hospitals. The address of the nearest VZP office is - Na Perštýně 6, Prague 1.

Students from EU countries (+Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) - just visit an office of the chosen statutory health insurance company to register.

Students from non-EU countries - Due to a change in the act of law, it is obligatory for all foreigners (staying more than 90 days in the Czech Republic) to have arranged a health insurance which complies with the Czech law requirements. See more details at:

You will be asked to submit an insurance contract and a confirmation of payment before the visa sticker/stamp is added to your passport.



You should primarily choose any of the doctors/hospitals contracted with your insurance company. You can look them up on the web sites of the insurance company. When visiting a doctor/hospital, please be sure to take your passport/ID.


Polyclinic at Národní
address: Národní 9 (3rd floor), Prague 1

making a prior appointment required

phone: (+420) 222 075 119; (+420) 222 075 120
regular office hours: 8:30 - 17:00

first check-up: 1 300 CZK (costs of medicine and special tests not included)


Health Institute in Spalena street 12, Praha 1

making a prior appointment required

Contacts for a general practitioner

Contacts for a surgeon (doctor Josef Kucirek):
phone:        +420 222 924 250

Contacts for a dentist (doctor Vera Bartlova):
phone:         +420 222 924 289

If your problems are urgent please visit the dental emergency service - from 7:00 p.m.


Motol University Hospital - Foreign and Private Patient Department

making a prior appointment required

Address: V Úvalu 84, Prague 5 (metro station Nemocnice Motol, line A)
Contact for the Department of Internal Medicine
phone: +420 224 438 577


In case of psychological problems you can use services of the Crisis Intervention Center RIAPS, Chelcickeho 39, Prague 3 - no previous registration required

phone:          +420 222 586 768, 222 585 350


Department of Psychiatry, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague and General University Hospital in Prague, Ke Karlovu 11, Prague 2

phone:           +420 224 965 344-5, 224 916 858, 224 961 111

Experienced psychologists and psychiatrists are on duty 24 hours/day but not all of them speak English.


Other hospitals:

Nemocnice Na Homolce (Na Homolce Hospital - foreign pavilion)

Phone: +420 257 272 144, +420 257 272 146
Roentgenova 2
Praha 5


Phone: +420 221 775 111
V Celnici 5
110 00 Praha 1
(alternative entrance Na Poříčí 1040/10)

Metro line B, Station Náměstí Republiky
Tram Number 3, 5, 8, 9, 14, 22, 24

DC Mediscan - Chodov

Phone: +420 267 090 811 – 14
Šustova 1930
148 00 Praha 11 – Chodov

(in the same building as Policlinics Jižní Město II)
Metro line C, Station Chodov
Bus Number 115, 118, 122, 177, 197 - station Chodov