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Student's Health Insurance

EU citizens

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Up to 26 years of age

They are considered as “children” and they are insured as a parent’s national in that member state in accordance with the rules of that EU Member State. They have a blue EHIC – European Health Insurance Card.

When coming to study on the doctoral level in the Czech Republic, they have to fill out the S1 health insurance form in the country of origin (they will need the A1 form as well) for the claim to health care in another EU country.

Foreign doctoral students – EU citizens 26 years old and above

Above 26 years they are considered as members of Czech public health insurace,

if they can prove:

  1. residence in the Czech Republic (accommodation contract)
  2. they are studying a FULL-TIME doctoral study programme for the first time in the Czech Republic in a STANDARD LENGTH (confirmation of study)

Based on these confirmations they can file for the health insurance card at a Czech public health insurance company:

If they have an employment contract (does not apply for Agreement on Work Performance - "DPP" under 10 000 CZK per month and Agreement on Work Activity - "DPČ" under 3 500 CZK per month), then the health insurance is paid by the employer (2052 CZK per month).

Foreign doctoral students – EU citizens (including Czech Republic) older than 28 years

Those who do not have an employment contract in the Czech Republic or have an Agreement on Work Performance - "DPP" under 10 000 CZK per month or an Agreement on Work Activity - "DPČ"under 3 500 CZK per month or are considered as persons without taxable income (OBZP), are required to pay the health insurance at a public health insurance company themselves. This applies to Czech doctoral students as well. For the year 2021 the amount is 2 052 CZK per month.


Non-EU Citizens

Third country students (including doctoral students) are entitled only to commercial health insurance, which they must pay by themselves.

When applying  for their student's visa they must pay a commercial health insurance for the whole period of their stay in the Czech Republic.

If they have an employment contract (does not apply for an Agreement on Work Performance - "DPP" under 10 000 CZK per month and Agreement on Work Activity - "DPČ" under 3 500 CZK per month or for a self-employed person), then they are entitled to a public health insurance which is paid by the employer. This health insurance card will not apply to other EU member states, it will be valid only in the Czech Republic.

Attention! If the employment contract terminates, and they continue being students, they must immediatelly arrange a commercial health insurance by themselves.

Here is a Sample of a standard VZP ČR/EHIC card issued by VZP ČR to Czech citizens and EU/EEA and Switzerland citizens who carry out the substantial part of their working activities in the Czech Republic or, who have a  permanent stay in the Czech Republic.

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Here is a Sample of a "yellow" VZP ČR card used by persons who are temporarily living  in the Czech Republic and their public health insurance is paid to another  EU/EEA + Switzerland state country. (see Pursuit of activities). VZP ČR is their Czech auxiliary health insurance company and this card is issued according to the S1 form. This card is valid only in the Czech Republic.

The yellow card has several variations according the residence status of the EU national in the territory of the Czech Republic. The range of medical care is specified on the card.  Read more on the web page of VZP ČR[2].

Sample of full medical care :

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Sample of medically necessary care:

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Sample of necessary and urgent care:

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  • Full care (exclusive/– the same extent as regular Czech insurance, including preventive care and vaccination
  • Necessary care (comprehensive/nezbytná péče) – applied in a manner that the insured person is not required to venture out of the country sooner than planned or sooner than possible. This includes pregnancy, birth, or those chronically ill.
  • Urgent care (basic/nutná a neodkladná péče) – applies to life or health threatening situations.

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Updated: 9.6.2021 14:42, Author: Irena Mináriková

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