Greece is a popular destination for global citizens, with a warm Mediterranean climate and a choice of great places to live. Whether those considering moving to Greece are looking to live on the mainland or on one of the many Greek islands, the country offers a range of cultural experiences and a unique way of life.
One of the biggest considerations anyone must make when moving overseas is how they will access healthcare in their new location.
Now Health International can help you cover any private healthcare needs when living in Greece.
Both public and private sector healthcare is offered in Greece. Public healthcare is delivered by a universal system which entitles Greek citizens to free or low cost healthcare. The public healthcare system is funded by compulsory social insurance contributions, although around 15% of the Greek population also maintain private health insurance cover.
While the healthcare system in Greece is organised by the central government in Athens, the services themselves are delivered on a regional basis.
Although the Greek healthcare system has often ranked highly in comparison with the rest of the world, in recent times long waiting times have become more common, with services particularly outside of Athens and other cities becoming stretched.
Prior to moving to Greece, you can look into taking out private health and medical cover with Now Health International to ensure you’re covered for whatever treatment you need and the costs, whatever the circumstances.
Emergency care is administered in Greece regardless of your nationality or status of being in the country.
While living in Greece, you will be entitled to use the public healthcare system, although the degree to which you pay will depend on your residency status. If you are working in Greece, have a social security number, and are making public health insurance contributions, then you’ll be entitled to the same level of care as Greek citizens.
Otherwise, you will have to pay for 100% of your medical costs while living in Greece if you fall outside of these parameters.
Alternatively, by taking out international health insurance, you will be able to access the private sector and avoid long waiting times and public hospital overcrowding. Private health cover may prove particularly useful if you’re living in rural areas, although the best private hospitals are unsurprisingly found in Athens.
Our health and medical insurance plans start from as little as EUR 26 per month for our WorldCare Essential Plan, which will cover you for any in-patient and day-patient care you require while living in Greece. This is a great choice if you have a long-term condition that requires on-going management or regular visits to a doctor.
Our other healthcare plans cover you for outpatient care, dental treatment, and maternity care if required, while we also offer a SimpleCare plan that covers urgent and emergency treatment only.
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