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Accessing healthcare in Romania

You will be treated on the same basis as a Romanian resident. 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 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 Romania.

Vaccinations

Anyone wanting to travel or move to Romania is advised to update their tetanus injection as well as considering jabs against hepatitis A and B, typhoid, raibies and diphtheria. This is especially important if you are planning to visit any rual areas.

Where to get information while in Romania

The Casa Nationala de Asiguarari de Sanatate will be able to provide information.

Casa Nationala de Asiguarari de Sanatate
248 Calea Calarasilor
BL.S19, Sector 3
Bucharest
Romania

Emergency numbers

In case you find yourself in an emergency during your stay in Romania, dial 112. You might want to save the number in your phone.

Treatment, coverage and costs

If you need to see a doctor, dentist, pharmacist, or go to a hospital during your visit in Romania, then you should check if they are working with the Casa Nationala de Asiguarari de Sanatate. It is advisable to get in touch with the Romanian health authorities before leaving the UK.

Generally, there is no charge for medical consultations. However, you will be charged a proportion of the cost of any tests a doctor or dentists might requests. Prescriptions will be charged as well. This is non-refunable.

Ambulance

No information available.

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 Romania nearest to where you will be staying. The provision of dialysis will be subject to availability in Romania.

Leisure or business - using your EHIC in Romania

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

Reimbursements are claimed from the Casa Nationala de Asiguarari de Sanatate.

Living in Romania

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 Romanian health authorities.

However, if you move to Romania 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 the Casa Nationala de Asiguarari de Sanatate. Additionally, you might be asked to provide a copy of the original S1 and 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 Romania

This section applies if you have been issued with an E106, your posting is for less than two years and you are using an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to access healthcare.

How to register your E106

You will need to contact the Casa Nationala de Asiguarari de Sanatate. Additionally, you might be asked to provide a copy of the original E106 and a proof of identity.

How to register with a GP

No information available

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 recieved after July 1 2014

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