Important information Health Care
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Here in Kamilari you can be sure, that everybody cares about your health and is a reliable contact, if you need any health care. On this site we have nevertheless gathered some useful information on health care on Crete.

EU nationals are entitled to free medical services under the reciprocal health care agreements by using the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

Free emergency treatment in emergency cases is provided for all EU visitors.

The Greek national health system is operated by the Social Insurance Institute (I.K.A). The local IKA office will provide a list of doctors who work within the national health system.

For any recommendation on doctors, dentists or hospital, please ask your host – if he personally doesn't know, he will identify someone with experience and let you know.


There are general practicioners as well as specialists in Mires and Timbaki. Most of the doctors have spoken English and sometimes also German and Italian and have immaculate surgeries and waiting rooms.


There are also dentists in Mires and Timbaki. You can choose which to see and you do not have to register with them.


The next hospital for emergency cases is Mires Health Centre. But there are several more in Heraklion. In a medical emergency you should phone 166 for an ambulance. Emergency treatment is free to all those with an international insurance.

If you need to stay in hospital bear in mind that there is no nursing service as such. Crete hospitals expect the nursing to be arranged by the family of the patient. Nursing services can of course be organized in any hospital. There are no fixed visiting hours either which allows for family members to attend to the patients needs. This can sometimes lead to busy and noisy wards.

General Tips for holidaymakers/ travellers to Crete concerning health care

  • Buy adequate and appropriate Travel Insurance.
  • Check what vaccinations you may need with your GP at least six weeks before you travel.
  • Check if your medication is legal in the country that you are visiting.
  • If you have a particular medical condition which may require medical intervention abroad (e.g. severe heart disease, pregnancy), it would be sensible to carry a letter from your GP surgery giving a medical summary and details of any treatment or current medication.
  • If taking certain prescription medication with you (e.g. opiates and controlled drugs) also take the prescription and a GP's letter.
  • Pack all medication in your hand luggage and make sure that the customs control won't force you to throw them away. You can prevent this by getting a letter from your doctor.
  • Be safe in the Sun. Avoid excessive sunbathing, especially between 11am and 3pm and wear a high protection factor sunscreen and a protection for your head.
  • Drink plenty of water. If you drink alcohol or take certain drugs your body can become dehydrated, especially in a hot climate.
  • Keep in mind to use insect repellent against mosquitoes.
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