Healthcare in Malta is divided into public and private sectors. The Ministry for Health oversees both public and private healthcare services in Malta. Public healthcare is funded through general taxation. The state fund covers most medical services such as treatment by general practitioners and specialists, hospitalisation, prescriptions, pregnancy, childbirth and rehabilitation.
You can obtain medically necessary treatment by presenting the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), when you are temporarily staying in Malta. Medically necessary treatment refers to treatment that cannot wait for your return home. You may need such treatment in case of acute illness or accident. You can also receive treatment related to pregnancy and childbirth or to a chronic illness. The need for treatment must emerge during the course of your stay.
You will receive treatment on the same terms and at the same price as the locals. It is advisable to carry copies of your European Health Insurance Card with you, along with the card itself. If you didn’t have your EHIC with you or it was not accepted, and you were required to pay all the costs of treatment yourself, you might be able to apply for reimbursement from Kela retrospectively.
In Malta, public health services are obtained through health centres and hospitals.
By presenting your European Health Insurance Card, you can obtain necessary medical care usually free of charge. Information about services as well contact information can be obtained from the Maltese Ministry for Health.
There are a large number of private health services available. These operate separately from the public sector. You pay the full cost of treatment yourself when you use these services.
You can obtain treatment from a doctor by going directly to a Government Health Centre. There are eight public health centres in Malta. You can find their contact information on the Ministry for Health website. When you show your European Health Insurance Card and ID, treatment is free of charge. Be aware that you must present the original document – a paper copy of the card is not sufficient. If you do not have a European Health Insurance Card with you, the full price for a doctor´s appointment will be charged. It must be paid (in cash or by credit card) before leaving the premises.
Emergency dental treatment is provided free of charge at Mater Dei Hospital in Msida and the health centres. Treatment is available, however, only on limited basis. Most dental care in Malta is provided in the private sector.
Prescription medicines prescribed by a doctor are non-reimbursable. The only exception to this is medication prescribed in a hospital, which is free during inpatient treatment, and for the first three days after you are discharged. In other situations, you will have to pay the costs of medicines yourself.
Treatment is free in public hospitals when you show your European Health Insurance Card and ID. Treatment provided by hospitals in an emergency is free of charge too. In general, you can receive hospital treatment if you have a doctor´s referral.
In the event of an emergency, transport by ambulance to the hospital is covered by the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
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If you wish to travel to Malta for the purpose of using healthcare services, you can find general information on our site concerning seeking treatment abroad. Some useful sources of information are also listed below. You should direct your questions about healthcare in Malta to the Maltese National Contact Point (Ministry for Health of Malta).
Quality and safety of treatment
In the event of treatment injuries, the legislation and patient insurance of the country providing the treatment is always applied. In case you are unhappy with the treatment you received, you should primarily try to sort the matter out with the treatment provider. The national contact point can help you with finding the right authority if you wish to make a complaint.