Basic health care
Basic health care covers first aid and emergency medical services at clinics or hospitals. You do not need to have a GP’s referral to get basic healthcare.
The services are provided free of charge to all permanent residents of Lithuania, despite of their nationality or whether they are covered with compulsory health insurance (CHI). For foreigners, it means that they have to have either a permanent residence permit or a card of the permanent residence permit in the country of a family member of an EU citizen (hereinafter referred to as ‘a card of the EU permanent residence permit’).
Foreigners with a temporary residence permit or a card granting family member of Union citizen a permission to temporarily live in the country must cover their basic healthcare expenses themselves or ask for reimbursement from the insurance company where they insured their health before coming to Lithuania.
A free of charge basic healthcare in Lithuania is guaranteed for:
- Persons insured with CHI;
- Permanent residents of Lithuania, irrespective of their nationality and of the fact whether they are insured with CHI;
- Persons insured in EEA countries or Switzerland who have a document confirming their insurance (for example EHIC). In Lithuania, such persons can get treatment that is medically necessary for free. The expenses later are reimbursed by the country that issued the EHIC.
Information prepared according to the material of National Health Insurance Fund