The Greek social security scheme is “Idrima Kinonikon Asfaliseon”, known as IKA. The Greek National Health system provides a basic medical service to Greek NI contributors.

Guidance for visitors from UK

IKA has a reciprocal agreement with the British National Health Service. British visitors to Greece should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK (the EHIC has replaced the old form E111 and is available free of charge through most UK post offices or through the UK Department of Health via their website at: or by telephoning 0870 155 5455 and obtaining their leaflet “Health Advice for Travellers”. The EHIC is not a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Greek nationals. You will not be covered for medical repatriation, on-going medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature.

Emergency services

The Public Ambulance Service, (Tel no: 166) will normally respond to any accident.

Appointments with IKA doctors

When the IKA facility is required, by calling 184 (Mon-Fri until 5:30pm) one can make an appointment to see a doctor or a specialist at an IKA Centre. Patients are given an appointment with a doctor or dentist who works for the social insurance. Patients will not be charged. Prescriptions given under this scheme may be taken to any chemist where they are charged 25% of the cost. Visitors should show their EHIC.

Hospital Treatment

IKA will arrange free hospital treatment. If a patient cannot get to an IKA office before going to a hospital or first aid station, he/she should ask the authorities at the hospital or station for free treatment under the IKA scheme. Pensioners who take up residence in Greece and who are entitled to free medical treatment in the United Kingdom, also enjoy a similar entitlement in Greece. They should produce to their local IKA office form E121, which is issued by their local Department of Health Office in the United Kingdom. A person coming to look for work in Greece, who was unemployed in the UK, is entitled to free medical treatment in Greece if he/she produces to their local IKA office form E119. This is also issued by their local Department of Health Office in the U.K. In both the above cases IKA will exchange the form for a medical booklet. In a more remote part of the country or on a small island, there may be no IKA office within easy reach. One may have to receive and pay the full costs of private treatment. Before leaving Greece a postal application needs to be made to the nearest IKA office for a refund. Receipted bills and any

Medical facilities in Rhodes

Krito Medical Centre

Located at 3 Ioannou Metaxa Street, Krito Rodos Medical Care is the largest private out-patient facility in Rhodes.  The clinic has eleven resident specialist doctors, including pathologists, paediatrician, gynaecologist/obstetrician, pulmonary physician, orthopaedic/trauma surgeon, nephrologist and dentists.

Krito has a full microbiological/biological laboratory and collaborates with an on-site neighbouring radiological centre, with MRI and CT scanners, X-ray and ultrasound. It has a two bed day care unit. Minor surgery can be performed in the Surgical/Treatment Department and referrals can be made for more serious/complicated surgery at local in-patient hospitals

Krito is also able to offer the following services:

– Acceptance of health insurance – both Greek and foreign – please contact us for further details.
– Multi-lingual doctors and personnel
– 24 hour home/accommodation doctor visits
– Provision of medical equipment/supplies – crutches, wheelchairs, nebulisor, oxygen etc
– Organisation of air ambulance, repatriation with doctor/medical escort

Opening Hours

07.30–14.00 and 17.00–21.00 – Monday to Friday (November to March)
07.30–22.00 – Monday to Sunday (April to October)

24 hour doctor on call out of hours

Contact Details

Telephone: 22410 38008
Fax: 22410 31323

Bardos Clinic

15, Ethnikis Antistasis Street, Tel: 22410-21222, 24-hr Emergency Mobile: 6934-418256, contact name: Effie Lialios. Facilities include a 24-hr dental service.

Euromedica Private Clinic

Euromedica is located in Koskinou, 10 km from Rhodes Town. It is a fully operational private facility with a 132-bed capacity. Telephone Number is 22410 45000.

Rhodes General Hospital is located in Megavli, outside Rhodes Town. Telephone Number 22410 80000.

Various Doctors/Dentists:

Dr. Chrissa Spartali, Paediatrician
A: G. Efstathiou 8, Rhodes Town
Tel: 22410-27150 Mobile: 6972 834 389

Dr. George Tsampikakis, General Practitioner
A: Pavlou Mela 40, Rhodes Town
Tel: 22410-20392

Dr. Ioannis Sinis, General Practitioner
A: 28th October 2, Rhodes Town
Tel: 22410-34895, mobile: 6944372233

Dr. Nikos Karvouniaris, General Practitioner
A: Lindos
Tel 22440-31224, mobile: 6974812152

Manolis Simiakos / Roula Kourouna-Simiakou, Dental Practitioners
A: 16 28th October Street, Rhodes Town
Tel: 22410-31422

Dr Stefanos Tolios, Dentist
13 Ierou Lohou St, Rhodes Town (near Hotel Plaza)
Tel. 22410 24544, Emergency mobile/cell phone 6944775787, 6936334252
Emergency dental care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. English, Italian, French, Scandinavian, Ethiopian spoken.

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