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Accessing healthcare in Lithuania

You will be treated on the same basis as a resident of Lithuania. Remember, each country’s health system is different and might not include all the things you would expect to get free of charge from the NHS. This may mean that you have to make a patient contribution to the cost of your care.

It is important that you ensure that you are treated by a state healthcare provider as you will not be covered for private healthcare. You should be particularly careful if the healthcare arrangements have been made by a hotel or travel representative.

Non-EEA nationals are covered in Lithuania

 

Where to get information while in Lithuania

The 'Valstybinė ligonių kasa - VLK' (State Patient Fund) is responsible for arranging the provision of healthcare in Lithuania. Five territorial patient funds provide healthcare in different areas around the country. If medical treatment is provided by a health professional who does not have a contract with a territorial fund, you will have to pay. Any costs incurred for private healthcare are non-refundable.

Contact the Valstybinė ligonių kasa (State Patient Fund) for further information.

Valstybinė ligonių kasa (VLK)
Kalvarijų str. 147
LT – 08221 Vilnius

Telephone: 00370 5 236 41 00

E-mail: vlk@vlk.lt

Information about healthcare providers in Lithuania is also available online from the 'VLK' website

Emergency numbers

In case you find yourself in an emergency during your stay in Lithuania, dial 03. You can also use 112, which is the equivalent for the European Union. You might want to save the number in your phone.

 

Treatment, coverage and costs

Doctors

You can consult any doctor, who works with one of the territorial patient funds. Treatment is free of charge if you can present your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) as well as your passport. Any costs incurred for private healthcare are non-refundable.

Dentists

Dental care will be covered by your EHIC if you consult a dentist who works with one of the territorial patient fund.  You will be charged for any dental materials used in treatment e.g. fillings. However, around 80% of the dentists in Lithuania practice privately. Charges for their services will not be reimbursed.

Hospital treatment

In an emergency, you can visit any emergency hospital department in Lithuania. Present your EHIC and passport on admission to the hospital. In all other cases, you will have to get a doctors referral. If you seek non-emergency hospital treatment without a referral, you will have to pay the full costs.

Prescriptions

The Lithuanian Ministry of Health has approved a price list of prescription medicines, where basic prices and co-payments are given. Basic prices are reimbursed by the VLK (state patient Fund) and co-payments are covered by the patients. If a certain drug is not included in the price list, you will have to pay the full price yourself. These costs are not refundable.

Ambulance

Ambulance transport is free of charge.

Air ambulance

No information available

Making healthcare arrangements in advance

The most common treatments or conditions that require advanced arrangements are listed below. For all other conditions or treatments, you should consult your doctor. Remember, for all treatments abroad you must present your EHIC.

Oxygen therapy

Ensure your EHIC is valid before you travel. In most cases you will have to use the authorised oxygen company for the country you are travelling to. You’ll also have to make your own arrangements, including arranging for permission from your hotel to deliver and install the equipment. There may also be additional costs that the EHIC will not cover.

Your home oxygen supplier is not required to provide a service outside the UK, however, most suppliers will be able to advices you on what to do. Your oxygen treatment clinic will organise your home oxygen supply from one of these suppliers:

Air Liquid: Call them on:

  • 0808 143 9991 for London
  • 0808 143 9992 for North West
  • 0808 143 9993 for East Midlands
  • 0808 143 9999 for South West

Baywater Healthcare: covers Yorkshire and Humberside, West Midlands and Wales. Call them on 0800 373 580. For more information visit the Baywater Healthcare website.

BOC: covers the East and North East of England. Call them on 0800 136 603.

Dolby Vivisol: covers the South of England. Call them on 0500 823 773.

The British Lung Foundation (BLF) may have additional oxygen contacts for the country you are travelling to. Their website offers general advice about how to make travel arrangements, including advice on:

Ensure you allow plenty of time to make all your arrangements before you travel.

Dialysis

You need to speak to the co-ordinator in your UK Dialysis Unit who will contact the dialysis unit in Lithuania nearest to where you will be staying. However, the provision of dialysis will be subject to availability in Lithuania. 

Leisure or business - using your EHIC in Lithuania

Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will enable you to access state-provided healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes free. It will cover you for treatment that is needed in order to allow you to continue your stay until your planned return. It also covers you for treatment of pre-existing medical conditions and for routine maternity care provided the reason for your visit is not specifically to give birth.

How to claim refunds

Generally, you will only be charged for your share of the treatment costs. These costs are not refundable. If you don’t have your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) when seeking treatment a charge will be made.

 

Living in Lithuania

If you're receiving a UK state pension, or in receipt of long-term incapacity benefit, you may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK. You will need to apply for an S1, which you should then present to the health authorities in Lithuania.

However, if you move to Lithuania to live but not work and do not receive a UK benefit, you may be eligible for up to two-and-a-half years of state healthcare cover, paid for by the UK. In this case, you will need to apply for an S1.

For more details on how to apply for an S1, visit the  'Moving abroad' section.

How to register your S1

You will need to contact one of the territiorial patient funds. Additionally, you might be asked to provide a copy of the original S1and a proof of identity.

Early retirees

From July 1 2014 you are no longer able to apply for residual S1 form.
If you already have a residual S1 this will not affect you – it will continue to be valid until its original expiry date. Find out more about the new rules.

Working in Lithuania

This section applies if you have been issued with an E106

How to register your E106

You will need to contact one of the territorial patient funds. Additionally, you might be asked to provide a copy of the original E106 and a proof of identity.

How to register with a GP

You can register with any doctor who works with a territorial patient fund. 

Am I still eligible for treatment under the NHS?

UK citizens registered in another EEA country and using an E106 or E121 are not automatically eligible for free treatment in the UK.

You should also visit the 'Planned treatment abroad' section for detailed information.

 

Page last reviewed: 23/06/2011

Next review due: 23/06/2013

EHIC changes

You will no longer be able to claim a refund in the UK for most patient co-payments for treatment received after July 1 2014

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