Students are required to have a valid health and accident insurance for the duration of their study. Lack thereof may put one to the expense of any and all incurred medical costs.
Students from EU member states should be insured in their home countries and bring a European Health Insurance Card which entitles them to the same health services as Polish nationals.
If a student is not entitled to insurance in their home country, they can apply for insurance coverage from the university. For more information on the matter, please visit the “Insurance coverage via the University” section.
All European students holding the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to:
Access to health care during a temporary stay in Poland
If you are entitled to health care under EEA rules on coordination of social security systems, during a temporary stay in Poland you are entitled to receive free health care services from health care providers who have concluded contracts for health services with the National Health Fund (NFZ). The information about health care providers who have concluded contracts with the NFZ is available in the competent regional branch offices of the NFZ. Facilities of these health care providers are marked with the logo of the NFZ:
Go to a doctor who has a contract with the NFZ and show your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a replacement certificate. Primary health care comprises examination and consultation by a general practitioner. A doctor may also refer you to diagnostic tests, to a specialist or to a hospital. Dispensaries are open from Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. After 6 p.m. on workdays, as well as on Saturdays, Sundays and on holidays 24-hour-care is provided by health units which have concluded contracts for this kind of services. They comprise out-patient care and home visits in case a patient’s condition is serious. Addresses and telephone numbers of health units providing 24-hour-care are available in health care dispensaries.
You need a referral from a doctor who practices within the health care system. No referral is required for the following specialists:
and for the following persons:
Also in case of a sudden illness, accident, injury, intoxication or life threat you will receive necessary medical benefits without a referral. Go to a doctor who has a contract with the NFZ and show your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a replacement certificate.
Go to a dentist who has a contract with the NFZ and show your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a replacement certificate. Free dental services are available only in the restricted scope set out in the Regulation of the Minister of Health of 24 November 2004 (Official Journal 04.261.2601). A list of free services and materials is available in the dentist surgery. You will have to cover costs of over standard services and materials on your own.
You need a doctor’s referral. In case of a sudden illness, accident, injury, intoxication or life threat you will receive necessary medical benefits without a referral. Go to a hospital which has a contract with the NFZ and show your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a replacement certificate. When hospitalized, operations, diagnostic tests, and medicines are provided free of charge.
How do you get transportation to a hospital?
In case of an accident, injury, childbirth, sudden illness or sudden deterioration of the state of health, call an ambulance (by dialling 999 or 112) or go directly to a hospital, in particular to an accident and emergency department (SOR). Ambulance transport in such cases is free of charge. Show your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a replacement certificate.
How do you get medicines?
A prescription can be issued by a doctor who practices within the health care system or a doctor who does not practice within this system but has concluded a contract with the Fund authorizing him to issue prescriptions. Show your prescription and your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a replacement certificate in a pharmacy.
Prescribed medicines can be purchased:
After agreeing with the Polish healthcare provider about conditions and terms of benefit awarding, there is a need to submit a copy of E112 forms in a competent regional branch of NFZ depending on the seat of the healthcare provider.
Centrala Narodowego Funduszu Zdrowia – Departament Współpracy Międzynarodowej (Central Office of the National Health Fund – The Department of International Affairs)
ul. Grójecka 186
tel. +48 (22) 572 62 68
fax +48 (22) 572 63 19
If an EU citizen does not hold valid health insurance coverage in the country of which they are citizens, they are eligible for a health insurance coverage provided by the University. To apply for the health insurance from the University, the student must submit to the School Office a declaration (along with an explanation why) that they do not hold health insurance in their home country, and fill out a form (available in the School Office). Upon completing those two requirements, the student will be registered with Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia (NFZ; National Health Fund).