The healthcare in Hungary is financed by health insurance contributions and is free to all individuals who are insured by the National Health Insurance Fund.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is accepted in Hungary for emergencies. Most pharmacies accept the card and only the subsidized cost is payable for prescribed medicine.
Doctors in Hungary are properly trained and skilled at what they do. Most doctors speak Hungarian along with fluency or basic communicative skills in English.
Residents can choose their general practitioner for themselves and/or their children once they have received their insurance card. If you need assistance finding a doctor, consult with your local embassy for a list of referred doctors. You can also connect with other expats for recommendations and information on the EasyExpat Budapest forum.
The insurance company makes payment after the appointment.
Private dentists are the most popular choice for Hungarians. Many people travel to Hungary for dental work since it is less expensive than most Western European countries.
With so much to deal with before leaving your home country, (taxes, moving house, paperwork etc.) the careful planning of your expatriation to Budapest is an essential step. As far as healthcare is concerned, your local social security scheme won’t be accompanying you to your host country and, once abroad, you might be surprised by the care system you find in Hungary. So, before leaving, make sure you have appropriate cover!
EasyExpat.com works in partnership with APRIL International to provide specific insurance solutions for travelling or staying outside your country of nationality.
Designed for either short or long stays, APRIL International’s insurance policies offer protection against any problems that might arise before departure or during your time in Hungary: cancelling your trip, medical expenses following an illness or accident, needing to be repatriated, causing damage to a third party or losing your luggage.