Information concerning the healthcare services system is available in Romanian from the Casa Nationala de Asigurări de Sănătate (CNAS).
The availability and quality of public healthcare services vary in Romania. Doctors and hospital services are more available in the larger cities than in the countryside where services can be very limited.
Romania also has private healthcare services. You cannot receive reimbursement for their costs in Romania; instead, you are entirely responsible for the costs of the treatment.
Make an appointment with a general practitioner who has an agreement with CNAS. You can see a specialist after receiving a referral from a general practitioner. At the reception, show your European Health Insurance Card and your identity card. Services included in basic healthcare are free of charge, but a deductible will be charged for other services. Charges for specialist consultations vary depending on the doctor’s level of training and specialisation. Separate charges will be due for additional examinations, such as laboratory tests and imaging.
There are very few dentists in Romania who have an agreement with CNAS. With these dentists, you can receive reimbursement for certain procedures, but most often you will need to pay for the treatment yourself. Dental care is provided free of charge for patients aged 18 or younger. Urgent medical care is free for everyone.
Show your European Health Insurance Card and identity card when collecting your prescribed medicines at a pharmacy in Romania. This will allow you to receive reimbursement for prescription medicines. The level varies from one medicine to another. Medicines are either completely free or partially reimbursed. Children under the age of 18 and pregnant women receive free medication.
A doctor’s referral is usually required for hospital care. In case of urgent attacks of illness, you can go straight to a hospital. Make sure that the hospital has an agreement with CNAS. At the hospital, show your European Health Insurance Card and your identity card. You will need to pay a deductible for hospital care and specific services (such as laboratory tests and imaging services). If you require additional services at the hospital, such as a larger room, you will pay for the additional costs yourself.
Ambulance services are free of charge in Romania.
If you are required to pay full price
If you are required to pay full price for public healthcare treatment that should have been covered by the European Health Insurance Card, you can apply for reimbursement retrospectively. You can apply for reimbursement either from the health insurance institution of the destination country or from Kela on form SV 128.