Greece Travel Tips: Health Issues and Your Rights

In order to have access to necessary health care, tourists from member states of the European Union (EU) wishing to visit Greece must be holders of the European Health Card (EHIC) or any other legal Community document issued by their competent social security agency.

In these cases, the necessary treatment in Greece is provided by: - the IKA (Social Security Institute) Health Units (polyclinics) or doctor's offices in the region; - Regional clinics (former rural clinics) or the Health Centres of the National Health System; and - the outpatients' departments of the hospitals on contract In order to have access to necessary health care, tourists from countries other than the member states of the European Union wishing to visit Greece must consult their social security agency for information before travelling.

  • In case of emergency call:
  • Ambulance Service: 166
  • Duty Hospitals and Clinics: 1434
  • Poisoning First Aid: 210 7793777
  • Pharmacies: 1434
  • Open Line for alcohol drug Addiction: 210 3617089

This above is news to me! I thought all toursits were gauranteed emergency health care in emergencies. In fact I am sure they are and that the above is for longer term care. http://www.gnto.gr/pages.php?pageID=28&langID=2