EU citizens temporarily visiting Malta who present proof of EU-nationality and a valid E-111 will be given urgent medically necessary care at the Accident and Emergency Departments of public hospitals and at Government Health Centres. Bills will eventually be issued to the EU institution indicated on the E-111 form and it shall include the cost of being conveyed to a public hospital/health centre by emergency ambulance if their emergency care so requires.
For medical emergency care that requires admission to government hospitals for services, such as in-patient care, day care services, diagnostic services or out-patient visits, patients will not be charged if they present proof of EU nationality and a valid E-111 form. The bill for the service given will be sent to the EU institution indicated on their E-111 form. The cost of all prosthesis and medication prescribed for follow-up care after hospital in-patient treatment (except medication for the first three days after discharge) or as part of day care or outpatient care shall be borne in full by the person concerned.
For elective medical care and in the case of those for whom the principle of pre-existing medical condition applies, care in Malta can be provided subject to the production of a valid E-112 form together with proof of EU nationality, and further provided that if a waiting list for such elective care exists, than the person concerned shall join the end of that waiting list.
Only acute emergency dental care is offered free of charge in hospital outpatient and health centres, but its extent is not very wide. Most dental care is paid out of pocket in private dental clinics that are all duly licensed by the Public Health Authorities.
All drugs used in in-patient treatment and for the first three days after discharge are free of charge for the patient. The cost will be included in the eventual bill issued to the institution which has provided the relative E-111 form to EU citizens on temporary stay who require health care.
If a sickness needs the usage of drugs/medicines or the usage of medical devices at a primary care level or at out-patient level or after discharge from daycare or inpatient car (except the first 3 days for drugs/medicines), a prescription from a licensed medical practitioner is required. Drugs and medical devices can be purchased in any of the retail pharmacies in Malta (there are more than 200) and the cost is totally borne by the patient through out-of pocket payment. There are only two exceptions to this rule and these apply to persons living in Malta who are covered by Maltese social security legislation. In the case of these two exceptions, medicines and medical devices are exclusively dispensed from Government pharmacies or facilities: -