Guide to Healthcare in Ukraine

5 Expats Talk about Healthcare and Health Insurance in Ukraine

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jan 17, 2021

Summary: Expats living in Ukraine talk about healthcare, proximity to hospitals and specialists, quality of medical care in Ukraine, availability of prescription medicines and more.

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Expats in Ukraine offer insight into the quality of healthcare in Ukraine, proximity to hospitals, cost of health insurance and more.

What are medical services in Ukraine like?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Ukraine, they replied:

"Yes, here in Odessa we have very good quality healthcare and much better than my native USA by far and at 1/10th the cost," commented an expat living in Odessa, Ukraine.

"The medical services are good and easily accessible, but you have to pay. I had a problem with my eye earlier this year, was referred to a specialist eye clinic in the city on the same day. They conducted a thorough set of eye tests for 700 uah (£20) ! Medical insurance makes useful toilet paper and that's it, trust me - you still have to pay to get treatment, even the nurse will expect something, although for an expat it's relatively inexpensive," said another expat in Kharkov.

"I go to a lab each month for INR and cholesterol blood check for 6 to 7 dollars, they e-mail me results with all the norms included for comparison. Lab is much cleaner and more professionally run than the lab I went to in Canada. A doctor visit here may be 10.00 US," remarked another in Kharkov.

"I don't know if I can give advice concerning medical centers as long as I need medical help not that often. Here I can share my experience in medical treatment in Kyiv or Kiev. For me it was necessary whether the clinic works with International insurance companies and in which way. I was suggested to pay myself and then make the reimbursement of the expenses. I was given all the necessary documents and didn't have any trouble with my insurance company," commented an expat living in Kiev, Ukraine.

"If you travel in Ukraine make sure you have real good international health insurance. I had a kidney stone attack and had to fly to New York for my surgery at the V.A. (Veterans Hospital) which the service is totally free. I am receiving 100% disability from the V.A. so all my medicals costs are paid by the V.A. including medicines," said another expat in Kiev.

What do you think about the cost of medical care in Ukraine?

"I was extremely surprised when the administrator at IMP clinic contacted the insurance company herself, and I didn't have to call and deal with it. I was suggested to pay myself and then make the reimbursement of the expenses. I was given all the necessary documents and didn't have any trouble with my insurance company. From my viewpoint any other public clinic will render such services," commented an expat living in Kiev, Ukraine.

What are emergency services like?

When we asked about emergency services, members in Ukraine wrote:

"I have visited the IMP clinic in Kyiv and was surprised by that fact, that all the staff spoke English! This clinic is private and I think this is the reason why the quality of the services was high. The doctor who examined me was very experienced in her job and I was treated very well. I was extremely surprised when the administrator contacted the insurance company herself, and I didn't have to call and deal with it. I was suggested to pay myself and then make the reimbursement of the expenses. I was given all the necessary documents and didn't have any trouble with my insurance company. From my viewpoint any other public clinic will render such services," commented an expat living in Kiev, Ukraine.

"In Kiev, there are several hospitals, but one must pay "before" any service is granted! You need to have a good medical interpreter to help you with the doctors and nurses. I was lucky since my friend is an American/Ukrainian and did all of the translation for me," said another expat in Kiev.

Are their specialists in the area or do you need to travel to see a specialist?

"Usually I contact my insurance company and they advise me the clinic in that area. But anyway I look for it on the Internet and read the comments of the clients,," commented an expat living in Kiev, Ukraine.

"I went to a clinic which serves Americans and Europeans, but I had to pay a lot of money for simple services. I don't remember my total cost of the MRI and other procedures. They found a 9mm kidney stone which was confirmed by the doctors at the V.A. hospital in New York," said another expat in Kiev.

Are most prescription medications available in Ukraine?

"Most of medicine that I usually need I can buy without prescription at the pharmacy. But after visiting the doctor I was prescribed some pills and the doctor gave me the prescription for them. I can't say the medicine was very expensive," commented an expat living in Kiev, Ukraine.

"Yes, they are but I always take my own!! I never buy from a local pharmacy and usually buy a German prescription. I don't trust a Ukrainian pharmacy," said another expat in Kiev.

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