Getting an appointment with a doctor in the Czech Republic can sometimes take a little longer, but we will give you as much information as possible, to help make the process easier.
To find a doctor, your first need to check if your insurance company has a contract with a particular clinic. VZP (Všeobecná zdravotní pojišťovna) is the health insurance you will have while being employed at this university. Many clinics have a contract with this health insurance company. However, not every clinic takes new patients at just any time of the year. Sometimes they are full and are not be taking anyone new. This is something you will have to check for yourself. To make it easier for you, we have gathered up a list of some clinics that accept patients with VZP.
As soon as you get settled down in Prague, we recommend that you register with a general practitioner and make an entry checkup. You should do it as soon as possible because it can take several months to get an appointment. When you get sick and need a consultation, you have to have your own doctor. Besides that, if you need to visit a specialist, sometimes they require a written recommendation from your GP.
If you have to visit a doctor who has a contract with a different healthcare company, your provider will reimburse the doctor, but only in case of an emergency.
It is worth mentioning that it can take a few months to obtain a health insurance card. If you need to visit a doctor while you wait for it, the univerisity’s HR department can ask for the confirmation of your insurance for you.
Many clinics offer English-speaking services, although it may happen that the receptionists are not speaking English. Below is a list of private clinics who have English-speaking doctors, in addition to those with other languages.
Senovážné náměstí 22, Praha 1
https://www.care-cure.cz/en/# English, Russian, French and Arabic
Bolzanova 1679/3, Praha 1
Vyšehradská 35, Praha 2
https://doktorbalde.net/en/home-welcome/ French and English
Italská 834/34, Prague 2, Vinohrady
http://medicare4u.cz/ English, Russian and Hindi
Vodičková 1935/38, Praha 1
Na Veselí 928/15, Praha 4 - Nusle
Jinřicha Plachty 3311/18
150 00, Praha 5
Vítězné nám. 829/10, Praha 6
170 00 Praha 7 – Letna
171 00, Praha 7 – Troja
NOTE: Some of these clinics may charge a little extra for just an appointment (some of them have price lists on their websites), so make sure you check that before registering.
It is also important to mention that prescriptions are mostly covered by your insurance company, but there may be a small fee.
Alternatively, you can also register via the website mojeambulance.cz. Soon after that they will contact you and schedule an appointment. They have offices all over the country and also a few in Prague.
In case you are not satisfied with your GP, you can change it after 3 months.
For urgent help you can call:
155 - Medical Emergency number
112 - European Emergency Number where they speak English
Emergency: In Prague, hospital emergency services are mostly opened from 19:00. You can go there and wait in a line.
Of course, you can always go to a private clinic that does not have a contract with your insurance company (e.g. Canadian Medical Center). They have a few offices throughout the city, but keep in mind that it can be rather expensive. They will find a doctor for you and schedule an appointment in a short time.
Here is a list of hospitals, which all have a contract with insurance company VZP:
Bulovka Hospital (Fakultní nemocnice Bulovka)
Na Homolce Hospital (Nemocnice Na Homolce)
Motol University Hospital (Fakultní nemocnice v Motole)
Thomayer University Hospital (Fakultní Thomayerova nemocnice)
Military University Hospital (Ústřední vojenská nemocnice - Vojenská fakultní nemocnice)
University Hospital Kralovske Vinohrady (Fakultní nemocnice Královské Vinohrady)
It can be time consuming to find a paediatrician as many of them have full capacity to take new patients. Therefore, we recommend that you ask your insurance company for advice.
Prague 5, Motol hospital, Children Emergency
Praha 2 http://www.maternova.medikus.cz/
Praha 3 https://www.detskaordinace.cz/
Praha 4 - Nusle http://mudrvomacka.cz/index.php?lang=cz
Praha 4, Budějovická https://mudr-kolarova.cz/
Praha 5 https://www.habanova.medikus.cz/
Praha 6 – Dejvice http://www.mudrsrankova.cz/
Praha 6 – Strahov/Brevnov https://www.michaelatrnkova.cz/
Praha 7 - Mudr. Lilia Burianová http://pediatrletna.cz/
Praha 8 - Karlín https://www.pediatrie-mignon.cz/ (English, French) – only OZP!
Praha 8 - Kobylisy https://pediatr-stecko.cz/ (English, Russian, French)
Prague 12 (English, German, Russian) https://www.pediatrie.cz/en/
Praha 15 – Hostivař https://malezdravi.cz/ Praha - Hostivař
Praha 1 https://www.gynnogroup.cz/
Praha 3 https://genitrix.cz
Praha 8 - Libeň https://www.meda-gynekologie.cz/ English, German, Russian
Praha 9 https://www.gynprag.cz/kontakty
Waiting lines for dentists are also long – it can take months to even get an appointment, since there is a shortage of dentists in the Czech Republic. Of course, first you will have to register with one. There are emergency dentists at hospitals, you can find a list here. Only Motol Hospital has dental emergency for children.
In dental care, your insurance will cover basic stuff only. In case you need a filling, you will only get a black filling and you will have to pay for the white one. Same goes for some other procedures like teeth cleaning, etc.