For chronically ill patients who, during their temporary stay in Greece will need specialized care such as hemodialysis, oxygen therapy, chemotherapy, etc., it is absolutely necessary for them to contact in advance, the competent healthcare provider, prior to their arrival in Greece. There are issues of service availability, medical history and other possible formalities in order to ensure safe and timely treatment. We strongly advise patients to pre-arrange treatment before travelling.
If treatment is provided at PEDY units, public / state hospitals or EOPYY-contracted private providers, then there is no charge as long as you carry your EHIC and proof of identification (id or passport). If you opt for treatment at private healthcare providers, then you will have to pay privately.
The Greek national law prescribes that high cost medication for chronic diseases are provided free of charge at EOPYY-Pharmacies.
You should know that an e-prescription from a public hospital specialized doctor is needed in order for the EOPYY-Pharmacy to provide you with the medication needed and for some medication prior EOPYY-authorization may be required. Relevant information and guidance is provided by the treating doctors that prescribe accordingly.