7/21/2011

Health Insurance and Medical Aid

Health Insurance and Medical Aid

Insurance and ID cards

It is obligatory for you (= international students in the Czech Republic) to have your insurance cards and ID cards (passports) always with you. Please carry it at all times, as you might be checked by members of the Police Office for Foreigners.

Registration at the General Insurance Company

Students from EU countries (+ Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland)

Visit the VZP (Všeobecná zdravotní pojišťovna - General Health Insurance Company) to register. It is a very easy procedure and makes things easier for everyone, in case you will need to visit a doctor during your stay. Using your blue European health insurance card, please go to register at the General Health Insurance Company in Brno. You will then be given your personal health insurance number. Provided with this number, you do not need to pay in cash when you visit the doctors in the Czech Republic (though a small fee of few Czech crowns is paid due to a new system applied in the Czech Republic since January 2008), doctors charge the health insurance company directly. So, it is quite useful for you to have it

Students from non-EU countries

Due to a change in the act of law, it is obligatory for all foreigners (staying more than 90 days in the Czech Republic), to have arranged a health insurance which complies with the Czech law requirements. See more details at:

http://www.mvcr.cz/docDetail.aspx?docid=21559262&docType=ART&chnum=3

http://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/information_for_aliens/general_visa_information/travel_medical_insurance.html

You might be asked to submit an insurance contract and a confirmation of payment before the visa sticker/stamp is added to your passport..

You may be asked to pay in cash when you visit the doctor, all costs will be reimbursed from your health insurance company on your return (please make sure to ask the doctor for the receipt for the reimbursement purposes). The reason is that not all doctors have an agreement with all insurance companies.

Please have your health insurance card always with you.

VZP Všeobecná zdravotní pojišťovna (General Health Insurance Company)

Benešova 10

www.vzp.cz

Opening hours:

Mon,Wed: 8.00 -17.00

Tue, Thu, Fri: 8.00 - 15.00

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