(i) persons who are in the low-income group, as determined by a means test, are entitled to free medicine/drugs from a restricted list of essential drugs and some medical devices (subject to certain conditions and the payment of a refundable deposit); and
(ii)persons who suffer from chronic diseases included in a specific schedule incorporated in the Social Security Act, are entitled to free medicines/drugs strictly related to the particular chronic disease and this benefit is independent of financial means.
There is one bilateral agreement in place up to now. Citizens of the United Kingdom (including Gibraltar, the Channel Islands) and Northern Ireland are exempted from the production of a valid E-111 when they call at a public hospital or government health care centre to be given emergency medical care. The provisions for elective care as per paragraph 5 above shall however apply in full.
This is only a summary, which reflects the current entitlement for health care in Malta. EU citizens are encouraged to clarify any queries with: -
Ministry of Health
24 St. John’s Street,
Valletta, MALTA CMR02
Phone:+356 21 22 40 71
Fax:+356 21 24 6168
This package applies to the Member States of the EU and to the members states of the EEA i.e. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland except for the special provisions indicated in section 8 “Bilateral Agreements”.
(correct on 1 May 2004)