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Health Care in Bratislava

The medical facilities underwent a process of privatisation in the 1990s. Hospitals and medical facilities are divided into two types: non-state and private.

The system of medical facilities in Bratislava consists of: general non-state hospitals, policlinics and medical centres which include a wide range of specialisations and medical centres and ambulances focused on one medical specialisation; or private general medical centres and private one-specialisation medical centres.

The system of the major non-state hospitals is primarily based on the University Teaching Hospital with Policlinic of the Comenius University which consists of four big hospitals located in different parts of the city (Old Town, Kramare, Ruzionv, Petrzalka) and of a various number of general policlinics and specialized medical centres and institutions.

Treatment costs

By the non-state facilities the patient's treatment costs are either fully covered by the patient's health insurance company or the patient pays certain part of the amount as co-payment. Treatment costs in private for-profit facilities are usually fully covered by the patient.

EU citizens and treatment costs

The citizens from the EU member states, Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland have in case of urgent and necessary treatment right to emergency medical care under the same conditions as the Slovak citizens. This right covers the treatment costs as well. However, to apply this right a citizen from the above mentioned countries must be a holder of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which entitles him to free or reduced-cost medical care. In case such a citizen is not a holder of the EHIC he usually covers the treatment costs himself in full and must apply for a refund within his or her national health insurance system.

Non-EU citizens and treatment costs

Non-EU citizens must cover cost of medical care in full.


Emergency for adults is provided by the Policlinic Ruzinov on Ruzinovska Street 10 (trams 8, 9, 14 and buses 50, 75) from 7 pm to 7 am, Policlinic Strecnianska on Strecnianska Street 13 (buses 92, 95) from 7 pm to 7 am. Emergency for children and youth is provided by Children University Teaching Hospital and Policlinic Kramare on Limbova Street 1 (bus No. 22, 32, N29, and trolleybus 204, 212) from 7 pm to 7 am. Dental emergency is provided at Policlinic Drienova at Drienova Street 38 (tram 8, 9, 14 and bus 50, 78, 96, 66, 196 - Maximiliana Hella stop) from 6.30 pm to 7 am.

Private medical facilities

There are lots of private medical facilities that provide wide range of services including surgery. Veni Vidi focuses on eye correction surgery. iClinic has some of the best state-of-the-art eye laser machines and is especially popular with patients from Austria, who come to Bratislava to get their eyes lasered.

For the list of medical facilities visit medical facilities in Bratislava.

For the list of private for-profit medical centres visit Private medical facilities in Bratislava.