General information on Healthcare provision in Malta valid from 1 May 2004:
The public health care system in Malta is funded through taxation and national insurance. It operates through public hospitals and health care centres. A number of private hospitals, clinics and other facilities provide private health care. Care in these private facilities is funded by private insurance or out of pocket payments. Practitioners in Malta are allowed to exercise their profession in both public and private health care services
The government of Malta is not responsible in anyway for any treatment or care given to EU citizens in private hospitals or health centres or by practitioners of any sort in their private capacity. All private practice in Malta is carried out exclusively from private facilities and there are no private beds or facilities in public hospitals or health centers. All private care facilities apart from GP and specialist consulting offices are duly licensed by the Public Health Authorities.
The Ministry of Health is responsible for the financing and provision of publicly funded health care services. Health care in public services is generally free at the point of use. Persons living in Malta and covered by Maltese social security legislation are entitled for public health care services in accordance with entitlements as determined from time to time by the Ministry of Health. EU citizens resident in Malta are entitled to equivalent consideration. Their entitlement has to be confirmed with and certified by the Entitlements’ Unit within the Ministry of Health. This official certification together with a personal identification document will be enough to receive health care in public health care services.
Temporary visitors from EU member states have direct access to the health care from publicly funded health care services upon presentation of E-111 form together with an identification document. EU citizens are advised that an original E-111 form will be required in case of document usage of public health care facilities. If the relevant forms are not presented, health care bills must be paid in full prior to leaving the health care facility. Both cash payments and credit cards payments are possible.