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Health Insurance in Poland for EU citizens for a travel trip?

juli25 5 | 22
31 Oct 2012 #1

My mother-in-law is planning to visit us in Warsaw. She has German citizenship. Question: do we need to buy a health insurance for her, or EU-citizens don't have to bother themselves and are eligible to have medical services without special arrangements?

Many thanks for your comments.
Lenka 5 | 3525
31 Oct 2012 #2
I don't know how it works this way but when I visited Germany I went to local NFZ and applied for european health card.I didn't need to-if I had to use medical help without that card I would probably had to pay then take all documents and go to NFZ and ask them to pay me back-it's longer and annyoing.I applied for the card(one day affair in Rybnik) but I never had to use it.
Varsovian 91 | 634
31 Oct 2012 #3
I think you will probably have to get some sort of German healthcare card - probably free of charge if it follows the UK method. Certainly, without paying healthcare contributions in Poland Poles would have problems getting healthcare in hospitals.
sobieski 106 | 2116
31 Oct 2012 #4
The European Health Insurance Card (here in Poland it is called EKUZ) is issued in every EU memberstate, and entitles the bearer health care according to the same conditions as the citizens of any given EU country are entitled to.

See this link:

I am always taking it with me back home to Belgium.
OP juli25 5 | 22
31 Oct 2012 #5
Thanks a lot! Very helpful information!
sobieski 106 | 2116
31 Oct 2012 #6
So it is best for her to go the local German NFZ (I have no idea how it is called) and get her card from them.
OP juli25 5 | 22
31 Oct 2012 #7
Yes, thank you. In the link you sent me there is a list of EU-countries and corresponding links for each country with all the local rules. I already e-mailed her the german regulations. Many thanks for your help!

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