Austrian medical system is excellent, it is also expensive.
So if you plan to stay longer, health insurance is an absolute
Study abroad in Austria
If you take part in a course at a local language school, health
insurance is mostly optional. Many schools offer an additional
insurance package for moderate prices. Alternatively, you
can take out private travel and health insurance.
Public health insurance is mandatory for attending university
Please contact the students' Foreign Office of your university
for detailed information.
Working in Austria
If you are working in Austria, mandatory public health insurance
is automatically deducted from your salary.
However, check back with your employer!
Visiting a doctor
Generally, you do not have to pay in advance. If you are a
student or working fulltime in Austria, you have to bring
some insurance certificate. It is generally possible to leave
a deposit if you need urgent medical help.
If you are covered by private travel or health insurance,
you pay via bank transfer. Afterwards, you will hopefully
be reimbursed by your insurance company (keep the receipt!).
Not all treatments are covered by public or private insurances.
Check with the doctor and/or the insurance company.
In cases of medical emergency dial 144 for help.
If you are studying or working in Austria treatment in hospitals
is for free save for a small contribution called co-payment
depending on your insurance. When travelling in Austria check
with your insurance company prior to departure which treatments
and emergencies are covered.
Hospitals and physicians generally do not accept credit cards.