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 in at just any time of the year. Sometimes they are full and will not be taking in anyone new. This is something you will have to check for yourself. To make it all easier for you, here we have gathered up a list of 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 the 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.
https://www.clinic4u.cz/about-us/ English, Czech, Russian and Hindi
Vodičková 1935/38, Praha 1
Senovážné náměstí 22, Praha 1
https://www.care-cure.cz/en/# Czech, 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
Malá Štěpánská 10, Praha 2
Koněvova 22, Praha 3
http://medicare4u.cz/ English, Czech, Russian and Hindi
Vodičková 1935/38, Praha 1
Na Veselí 928/15, Praha 4 - Nusle
Antala Staška 1670/80
Polikinika Budějovická – “green” building (“zelená” budova), 6th floor
Bieblova 6, Praha 5
Jinřicha Plachty 3311/18
150 00, Praha 5
Vítězné nám. 829/10, Praha 6
170 00 Praha 7 – Letna
171 00, Praha 7 – Troja
Tusarova 1601/42, Praha 7
Sídlem Vršovická 1214/75a, Praha 10 – Vršovice
Krupská 28, Praha 10
Františka Křížka 683/22, Praha 7
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 and 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, hospitals’ emergency services are mostly opened from 19h. 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 also a list of hospitals, which all accept 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)
If you need to find a specialist close to your place we highly recommend that you take a look at znamylekar.cz. There you can find a list of doctors with ratings and reviews from their patients.
Here are some additional contacts that might be useful:
It may also be time consuming, 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 http://www.fnmotol.cz/en/clinics-and-wards/childrens-ward/department-of-paediatrics/
Praha 2 http://childfriendly.cz/en/virtual-tour/
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
Praha 9 https://www.gyncentrum.cz/en/
https://kcksalve.cz/ (also gynaecology, orthopaedics)
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, such as Municipal Health centre Prague (Městská poliklinika Praha), Thomayer University hospital (Fakultní Thomayerova nemocnice) and University hospital Motol (Fakultní nemocnice v Motole), the last one having only dental emergency for children, but your insurance will cover only basic stuff. In case you need a filling, you will only get a black filling – you will have to pay for the white one. Same goes for some other procedures like teeth cleaning, etc.