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Malta Healthcare


The public healthcare system in Malta is funded through taxation and national insurance. It operates through public hospitals and healthcare centres. A number of private hospitals, clinics and other facilities provide private healthcare. Care in these private facilities is funded by private insurance or out of pocket payments. Practitioners in Malta are allowed to exercise their profession in both public and private healthcare services

Public Healthcare Services

The Ministry of Health is responsible for the financing and provision of publicly funded health care services. Healthcare in public services is generally free at the point of use. Persons living in Malta and covered by Maltese social security legislation are entitled for public healthcare services in accordance with entitlements as determined from time to time by the Ministry of Health. EU citizens resident in Malta are entitled to equivalent consideration. Their entitlement has to be confirmed with and certified by the Entitlements' Unit within the Ministry of Health. This official certification together with a personal identification document will be enough to receive healthcare in public healthcare services.

Temporary visitors from EU member states have direct access to the healthcare from publicly funded healthcare services upon presentation of an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) together with an identification document. EU citizens are advised that an original EHIC will be required in case of document usage of public healthcare facilities. If the relevant forms are not presented, healthcare bills must be paid in full prior to leaving the healthcare facility. Both cash payments and credit cards payments are possible.

Private Healthcare Services

The government of Malta is not responsible in anyway for any treatment or care given to EU citizens in private hospitals or health centres or by practitioners of any sort in their private capacity. All private practice in Malta is carried out exclusively from private facilities and there are no private beds or facilities in public hospitals or health centres. All private care facilities apart from GP and specialist consulting offices are duly licensed by the Public Health Authorities.

Emergency Care

EU citizens temporarily visiting Malta who present proof of EU-nationality and a valid EHIC will be given urgent medically necessary care at the Accident and Emergency Departments of public hospitals and at Government Health Centres. Bills will eventually be issued to the EU institution indicated on the EHIC and it shall include the cost of being conveyed to a public hospital/health centre by emergency ambulance if their emergency care so requires.

For medical emergency care that requires admission to government hospitals for services, such as in-patient care, day care services, diagnostic services or out-patient visits, patients will not be charged if they present proof of EU nationality and a valid EHIC. The bill for the service given will be sent to the EU institution indicated on their EHIC. The cost of all prosthesis and medication prescribed for follow-up care after hospital in-patient treatment (except medication for the first three days after discharge) or as part of day care or outpatient care shall be borne in full by the person concerned.




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