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Health system

Having a health insurance policy entitles you to free standard medical treatment, or reimbursement of paymnts for standard medical treatment you may receive from a general practitioner or other medical specialist, e.g. in a hospital. Prescribed medicines are usually also reimbursed by the insurance company, if not fully, then at least partially. Meidicines and treatment are generally less expensive than in other European countries.

For students from EU, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Iceland it is important to register after your arrival in the Czech Republic at VZP (Všobecná zdravotní pojišťovna České republiky).

Students from non-EU countries are required to have health insurance from an authorized insurance company. The original contract has to be writtenin Czech language, or you have to obtain a certified translation into Czech language.

Center for International Reimbursements, Centrum mezistátních úhrad, CMÚ (www.cmu.cz)

There are two types of medical insurance: Emergency medical care insurance, which is sufficient for your visaapplication and for the beginning of your stay. The insurance will cover all the necessary expenses for emergency medical care (including emergency dental treatment) in medical institutions in the whole Schengen territory. The second type of insurance is Comprehensive Medical Care Insurance. You will be required to conclude this type of insurance when you first extenden your visa.

Hospital care is open 24/7 and is free for charge.

Registered providersof health insurance in the Czech Republic for foreigners: