Ambulance Service: 166
SOS Doctors : 1016
Duty Hospitals and Clinics: 1434
Open Line for alcohol drug Addiction: 210 3617089
Poisoning First Aid: 210 7793777
Police: 100 Tourist Police: 1571
In order to have access to necessary health care, tourists from member states of the European Union (EU) wishing to visit Greece must be holders of the European Health Card (EHIC) or any other legal Community document issued by their competent social security agency.
In these cases, the necessary treatment in Greece is provided by:
• the Social Security Institute Health Units (polyclinics) or doctor’s offices in the region
• Regional clinics (former rural clinics) or the Health Centers of the National Health System and
• the outpatients’ departments of the hospitals on contract.
In order to have access to necessary health care, tourists from countries other than the member states of the European Union wishing to visit Greece must consult their social security agency for information before traveling.
• Hospitals There are three types of hospitals in Greece: large hospitals with all the proper equipment, small hospitals in the country towns and some islands and medical centers for even smaller or remote areas. If a patient needs special care on an island where there is no hospital, then he is transferred by helicopter to the nearest hospital. There are, of course, private doctors in Greece who offer high quality services and speak excellent English, so it is very easy to communicate. Private doctors usually work only in the afternoon. Prices are not standard but they usually vary at about 40-50 Euros.
• Emergency rooms Every hospital has an emergency room and by turns some hospitals stay open all night. Regularly you have to make an appointment to visit the hospital in the morning, but the date of the appointment may be after a few days, so better go directly to the emergency room. The hospital emergency phone line in Greece is 166.
• Pharmacies in Greece work in business hours, closed on weekends. You can distinguish them because they have a Green Cross outside. By turns, there are pharmacies open 24 hours in every neighborhood. For the hours pharmacies are closed, there is a schedule with the open ones on the window of each pharmacy, but it is only in Greek, so ask for the help of a local to show you the directions.
• Prescribed medicine and glasses. Always have your prescribed medicine and glasses with you, when you travel in Greece, and something for the mosquito bite. Also a mosquito repellent would be of great help.