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Health Care in SOPRON

By Betsy Burlingame

William Russell
William Russell

Summary: Learn about the health system in SOPRON: how it can and cannot be used by expats, nomads, retirees and others moving to and living in SOPRON.

The healthcare system in Sopron, Hungary is a mix of public and private healthcare services. The public healthcare system is funded by the government and is available to all residents, including foreigners, while the private healthcare system is funded by private insurance and out-of-pocket payments.

Hungary's Healthcare System

The public healthcare system in Hungary is known as the National Health Insurance Fund (OEP). It is used by both locals and foreigners, including expats and digital nomads. Public hospitals in Sopron, such as the Soproni Erzsébet Oktató Kórház és Rehabilitációs Intézet, are generally recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries. The facilities and services at these hospitals are of a high standard, with well-trained medical professionals. However, due to the high demand, there may be long waiting times. On the other hand, private hospitals in Sopron, such as the Soproni Magánklinika, offer faster service and more personalized care. Expats often prefer private hospitals due to the shorter waiting times and the availability of English-speaking staff. Private hospitals are also recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in SOPRON

  • Soproni Erzsébet Oktató Kórház és Rehabilitációs Intézet - A public hospital located in Sopron.
  • Soproni Magánklinika - A private clinic offering a range of medical services.
  • Medicover Sopron - A private healthcare provider with a clinic in Sopron.
If there are no suitable hospitals in Sopron, expats often travel to Vienna, Austria for specialized medical care and surgeries. Vienna is approximately an hour's drive from Sopron.

Emergency Services in SOPRON

Emergency services, including ambulance services, are available in Sopron. The emergency number in Hungary is 112. The response time of the ambulance service is generally good, but there may be delays during peak times or in remote areas.

Health Insurance Companies in SOPRON

There are several private health insurance companies in Sopron, including Allianz, Generali, and UNIQA. These companies offer a range of health insurance plans, including plans for expats and digital nomads. However, many expats and digital nomads prefer to use specialized expat health insurance providers, as these providers often offer more comprehensive coverage and services tailored to the needs of expats and digital nomads.

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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