It may cover nothing or a very small portion of the costs if you get sick or are injured while abroad, even though the Health System in Greece may provide much cheaper services than you ar used to in your origin country. Make sure that you have purchased travel insurance before you travel which will help you make your treatment as immediate as needed, especially under case of Health Emergency. This will also help you avoid large expenses such as the cost of hospitalization or medical treatment
The percentage of cases declared with hospital-acquired infections in Greece is 9% ,(by 6% the European average) according to the most recent official data presented by the Greek Center of Disease Control on Novemeber 2013.
Launched by the International Society of Travel Medicine, the Global Travel Search Clinic, is a program of clinics located in more than 80 countries around the world, which offer pre-travel immunizations, counseling and medicines to help protect travelers while traveling internationally.
Be well ecquiped, informed and aware of any possible health emergency or health risk in Greece.
Others may choose to transfer from a public to a private hospital within Athens or Thessaloniki.
Foreigners. citizens choosing to do so would arrange for an ambulance belonging to the private hospital to transport them from the public hospital
Insure that you have an adequate supply of your prescription medications always with you during your stay in Greece, and take care of any counterfeit drug or not safely tested generic which you might be provided while in Greece.
It si also possible that whikle you search for your well known medication, or internationally well known patended drug, the pharmacist in Greece tpo be completely unaware of waht is ecquivalent to which of the hundreds cheap generic drugs that have been approved in Greece to replace the patended list . Due to the austerity chaos that the financial crisis has brought to Greece it's possible pharmacistsd to be confused of whatever you ask, since many of them do not even speak English especially on small villages or isolated places or islands ,
for more information
For more information about your medications while being in Greece visit Your Medicines Page .
According to EU blood safety legislation, EU Member States must initiate control measures to ensure blood safety in the event of cases of West Nile fever. A major challenge for the implementation of this regulation has been the timely collection of accurate information about affected areas.
The Greek CDC (HCDCP, KEELPNO) reports its close surveillance on blood safety in Greece , not only for West Nile fever infetions, but for all communicable diseases that have made the public health system tha last years vulnerable to infections. Surveillance control on Blood donations becomes even more inensified in Greece during summer when the country is hosting the visitors of international tourism. Up to now no case of blood donations' infection has been detected in the country since 2010, the year that the West Nile epidemics in Greece first appeared, nor in malaria since 2O11, since malaria reemerged in the country
It is very important to find out BEFORE you leave whether or not your medical insurance will cover you overseas. You need to ask your insurance company two questions:
In Greece, as in many other places, doctors and hospitals still expect payment in cash at the time of service. If your insurance policy doesn't go with you when you travel, it is a really good idea to take out travelers insurance specifically for your trip.
If you plan to participate in even slightly extreme sports that are popular in Greece, such as SCUBA, white-water rafting, or water-skiing, you might consider adventure travel insurance options.
European Health Insurance Card?
A free card that gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 28 EU countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country.
Cards are issued by your national health insurance provider.
Important – the European Health Insurance Card:
Registration for Canadians Abroad
SOS number for special emergencies, Contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre by e-mail at [email protected]
or by fax at 613-943-1054
- Operations Center - Office for Risk
Assessment &Response to Public Health Threats
Call Center: +30.210.5212.000
+30.210.5212054 (Operating 24h/7d)
- AIDS helpline: +30.210.7222.222
(operating daily from 09.00 to 21.00)
URGENT: Due to the severe austerity measures of the country, several medications might be difficult to be found Greece, especially on small islands, but even also in Athens or other big towns .It's important t to check for your medicines before starting your trip, and prepare your life saving emergency kit to feel safe at any step any moment.
Multiple drugs might be replaced by generics throughout the whole country.
Take care also of any counterfeit drugs
URGENT: The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT) maintains an international network of physicians, hospitals, and clinics who have agreed to provide care to members while abroad by free membership.
Travelers who obtain evacuation insurance before travel may have access to available 24-hour hotline
for medical care
or emergency transportation according
to their evacuation insurance organization
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