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How to Enroll in the Public Healthcare System in Lithuania

By Betsy Burlingame

William Russell
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Summary: A primer on how to enroll in the public healthcare system in Lithuania.

If you're planning to enroll in the public healthcare system in Lithuania, this article covers the requirements for foreigners to be able enroll in the public healthcare system, the steps involved and more.

The public healthcare system in Lithuania is known as the Compulsory Health Insurance (CHI) system. It is a state-funded system that provides a wide range of health services to all residents of Lithuania. The quality of healthcare in Lithuania is generally good, with a high standard of medical professionals and facilities. However, like any public healthcare system, it can sometimes be subject to long waiting times for non-emergency procedures.

The CHI system is mandatory for all residents of Lithuania, including foreigners who have a residence permit. Most people in Lithuania use the public healthcare system, although some also choose to have private health insurance for additional coverage or to avoid waiting times.

Eligibility for Foreigners

Foreigners are eligible to enroll in the CHI system if they are legally residing in Lithuania. This typically means that they have a residence permit. EU citizens who are working in Lithuania are also eligible. However, it's important to note that tourists and short-term visitors are not covered by the CHI system and should have travel insurance to cover any medical costs.

Steps for Enrolling in the Public Healthcare System

  1. Obtain a residence permit: Before you can enroll in the CHI system, you need to have a residence permit. This can be obtained from the Migration Department of Lithuania.
  2. Register with the State Social Insurance Fund Board (SODRA): Once you have your residence permit, you need to register with SODRA. This can be done online or at a local SODRA office.
  3. Choose a family doctor: After registering with SODRA, you need to choose a family doctor. This can be done at a local healthcare center. You will need to provide your personal identification number and the name of your chosen doctor.
  4. Pay your health insurance contributions: Once you are registered and have chosen a doctor, you need to start paying your health insurance contributions. These are typically deducted from your salary if you are employed. If you are self-employed or not working, you will need to make these payments yourself.

It's important to note that you are not fully covered by the CHI system until you have made your first health insurance contribution. Therefore, it's recommended to have private health insurance to cover any medical costs during this period.

Private Health Insurance

If you are not eligible for the CHI system, or if you want additional coverage, you can choose to have private health insurance. There are many insurance companies in Lithuania that offer a range of health insurance plans. Private health insurance can give you access to private healthcare facilities, faster treatment times, and coverage for treatments not covered by the CHI system.

Overall, the public healthcare system in Lithuania provides a good standard of care for all residents. However, it's important for foreigners to understand the enrollment process and to ensure they have adequate health insurance coverage during their stay in Lithuania.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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