International healthcare, medical insurance in Valletta


Health insurance plans in Malta fall under two categories: Residents of the Maltese islands and non-residents (expats). Many expat health insurance plans in Malta do not include Worldwide or USA coverage. They do, however, cover emergency and outpatient services, and preventative care such as dental care, eyesight tests, health checks, and 24/7 medical helplines.

Medical insurance is available from local providers:

  • Bupa
  • Atlas
  • Laferla
  • GasanMamo
  • Citadel
  • Middlesea

When choosing a health insurance plan in Malta, consider:

  • Your level of existing coverage (are you an EU national with an EHIC card? Are you covered by Malta's national health program?)
  • Your travel tendencies (do you require worldwide and USA coverage?)
  • Your prescription needs
  • Will you require pregnancy cover in the future?
  • Do you require coverage for routine and outpatient services?
  • Do you require dental and optometry coverage?
  • Do you require additional coverage for serious diseases such as cancer and HIV/AIDS, or chronic conditions?
  • Do you require additional coverage for alternative therapies?
  • Do you require emergency evacuation and ambulance cover?
  • Do you require disability cover?
  • Does your employer currently offer business health insurance plans?

Pricing plans for health insurance in Malta vary according to your age, gender, and pre-existing conditions, and start at €200 annually.

The Government of Malta requires that non-EU citizens provide proof of health insurance for immigration purposes.

Private Healthcare

Private healthcare co-exists with the state healthcare system, acting as a supplement or alternative option for those seeking to avoid wait times or for those without access to state-funded healthcare (i.e. some expats). Most state employed physicians also work at private practices. All physicians at private healthcare clinics in Malta speak English.

Private practices in Malta include:

  • St James Hospitals (Sliema, Zabbar, Zebbug. Burmarrad)
  • St. Philip's Hospital (Santa Venera)

Fees at private practices in Malta are generally €50 per specialist visit (e.g. dermatologist, gynecologist) and €30-€40 per general practitioner visit. Insurance policies in Malta are available to cover visits to private clinics.

Update 25/05/2013


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