Slovak healthcare is quite good although public hospitals do not always look very attractive as there is not too much money in the system for their reconstruction. In general the staff is very kind and everybody is trying to be helpful. Language knowledge varies and it does not depend from whether you go to private or public hospital.
Doctors that we would be recommending you do speak English, German or French. They are professionals with good references from foreigners and you should not be concerned about whether you will be able to find the right physician, paediatrician, dentist or any other specialist that will be able to speak the language you will understand.
The emergency system is a little bit complicated as you do need to speak Slovak to call the ambulance but usually the doctors we recommend have no problems making home calls and we are always ready to pick up your emergency call.
The Slovak Constitution guarantees free healthcare for everybody which practically means that in case you would be under the Slovak working contract and would be paying to the Slovak health insurance company the doctor would charge you only 20 Sk (0.50 EUR) fee when doing your health check and you would be charged less at the pharmacy as the medicaments are being subsidized. All of this of course happens assuming your doctor has the contract with respective health insurance company.
In case you come with your international health insurance, each hospital or doctor will prepare an invoice that should be paid cash and then you can ask your insurance company for reimbursement.
We recommend all our clients from EU member state to contact their insurance company and request issuance of EU health insurance card, along with passport it must be presented to Slovak doctors . This should cover â€œall necessary healthcareâ€, which in practice will mean that whatever Slovak nationals would not pay for you will not pay for either.