Malta has a flourishing healthcare system where residents and foreign citizens can opt for both public and private healthcare. Highly ranked ‘Mater Dei’; Malta’s main hospital, located in Msida, offers a wide range of medical services. The hospital is one of the largest hospitals in Europe. Mater Dei also acts as a medical school where academics via the University of Malta, learn and eventually become medical practitioners. There is also an oncology hospital found in Floriana, next to Valletta, and a hospital in Gozo, amongst others located around Malta.
Malta also offers a network of health clinics and pharmacies that all offer medical care, some of which, are open 24/7. There are currently a total of 47 medical clinics in Malta and due its small size, most of them are easy to reach from most locations. These clinics all provide medicine against a prescription, usually written by the health center’s doctor. Doctors based in these clinics can be found at specific times during the week. Doctor appointments are on a first come first serve basis. It is of usual occurrence that one has to wait around 30m – 45m before being seen by a doctor at these clinics, so for those that prefer to book an appointment and on the day, be seen immediately, there are private hospitals. Private medical services have many additional benefits however they come at an additional cost.
Foreign citizens remaining in Malta for over three months meet all the requirements for free healthcare from public hospitals and medical clinics however the E121 form has to be filled and submitted in your country of origin. Non-EU nationals are encouraged to acquire travel insurance that can take care of medical costs abroad.
EU nationals on brief visits to Malta can utilize the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and get free medical treatment from public hospitals and centers. Apply for the card at the health division in your country of origin. It provides cover in emergency scenarios however this card only serves as a supplement to healthcare insurance and does not substitute it, as it doesn’t take care of travelling expenses in critical situations. It is essential to know what your insurance covers before moving to Malta.
Private Health Insurance
Foreign citizens who have not come to Malta for employment usually enroll in a private health insurance scheme or policy, to acquire both a residence permit and a visa, however to get children insured and covered, it takes a different process. You need to have a family member already covered by a public health insurance. Locals and foreign citizens can additionally complement a public health insurance with a private health insurance, so you are not limited to one.
Emergency medical care
Emergency care is free for everyone, even for those without an insurance cover. You can seek the assistance of the emergency services if, for instance, you cannot get in touch with your doctor or you require immediate medical care.