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Ambulance Service : Telephone No 166

Greek Healthcare Scheme

The Greek health care and social security scheme is known as “Idrima Kinonikon Asfaliseon” or IKA, it provides a basic medical service for Greek national insurance contributors.
Visitors from UK can use the Greek IKA under a reciprocal agreement with the British National Health Service. British visitors to Greece need to obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK (the EHIC has replaced the old E111). The EHIC entitles the holder to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Greek nationals.

When obtaining treatment under the agreement, it is important that you ensure that any treatment you have is carried out by a 'state healthcare provider', any treatment by a private healthcare provider will not be covered and can not be claimed back from NI. You should be particularly careful if the healthcare arrangements have been made by a hotel or travel representative who may not take this into account.

On occasion you may need to make a contribution to the cost of your treatment as the Greek health system might not include cover for all the things you would expect to get free of charge from the NHS, remember to keep all recipts for any treatment that you do pay for as you may be able to seek reimbursement for this cost when you are back in the UK from the NI or your private travel / medical insurance. Also remember to check your travel insurance documents as you may need to get approval before having any treatment that you later intend to claim for.

Appointments with IKA doctors


Appointments to see an IKA doctor or a specialist can be made between Mon-Fri until 5:30pm by calling the IKA facility, Telephone No 184. Patients are given an appointment with a doctor or dentist who works for the social insurance. Patients are not be charged and prescriptions given under this scheme are charged 25% of the prescription cost



Hospital Treatment


IKA will arrange free hospital treatment. If a patient cannot get to an IKA office before going to a hospital or first aid station, he/she should ask the authorities at the hospital or station for free treatment under the IKA scheme.

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