General Health Care for Ukrainian Refugee Children

As of 1 January 2023, children from Ukraine with temporary refuge have access to health care in the same way as Slovak children (from 0-18 years of age inclusive). This health care also covers children from Ukraine with health disadvantages and also covers specialist examinations, medicines, dietetic food, medical devices and treatments for children from Ukraine up to the same level as public health insurance for Slovak children. Specialist examinations without a fee can only be used on the basis of a paediatrician’s recommendation. Medical devices, therapies and treatments can also be requested only on the basis of a specialist doctor’s recommendation. However, specialised medicines and some devices (e.g. nappies) can also be prescribed by a paediatrician.

In practice, it may happen that a provider (doctor, physiotherapist, clinical speech and language therapist and other professionals) refuses to provide medical care for your child because of lack of capacity, or asks you to pay a fee for a service that should be covered by the health insurance company (§ 79 (1) (g) of Act No.578/2004 Coll. on health care providers, health care workers, professional organisations in health care and on amendment and supplementation of certain acts, as amended). The links below can help you check the current amount of health care coverage for your child as well as find available health care in your area. The phone info lines listed above will also provide you with advisory support in Ukrainian.

Up-to-date information on healthcare in Slovakia for citizens of Ukraine with expatriate status

Healthline for Ukraine – Operators provide orientation in the Slovak health system or a quick health consultation. In Ukrainian, daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at +421 2 21 025 075 or

Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic: ?pomoc-ukrajine

Current scope of health care for expatriates, including the scope of reimbursement of medical devices (in Slovak):

General Health Insurance Fund (GIHI):

General Health Insurance Fund hotline (in Ukrainian): 0850 003 003, e-mail:

Further useful information:


Provision of specialised medical care for children with disabilities by medical treatment, medical aids and mobile healthcare teams with the licence of independent healthcare practice.

Helpline/WhatsApp in Ukrainian at +421 948 339 647 or +421 940 850 More information here.

Health care for children from Ukraine


Outpatient emergency service for children


University hospital šith polyclinic – General practitionerś outpatient clinic for children and adolescents up to the age of 19. The outpatient clinic provides basic examination, prescription of medicines, buidance and referral for further examinations, Main building of the polyclinic, 1st floor left (pavilion H), Vojtech Spanyola street, No. 43, Žilina.