Medical Assistance

For LIFE or DEATH emergencies dial 112

The U.S. government does not provide medical insurance for U.S. citizens overseas. We do not pay medical bills. You should purchase insurance before you travel.  In general, Medicare and Medicaid do not cover medical costs overseas.

Public hospitals may operate with skeletal staff over weekends, and it may be difficult to locate a doctor or someone who speaks English. Private hospitals have an appearance more akin to the United States and are more expensive.  Medical fees can vary considerably in Greece. We recommend that clients inquire about fees in advance. Patients should settle all bills in euros and request a formal receipt.  Some hospitals do not accept credit cards and expect payment in cash.
Available medical care on islands and outside of Athens and Thessaloniki may be more limited, with clinics only.  Serious medical situations generally require travel to Athens or Thessaloniki for treatment.  If doctors determine urgent care is needed, the hospital or clinic will help you arrange travel.