Health care in Malta


When moving to a foreign country, you will probably have queries regarding health care services. Here is an overview of Malta's health care system.

Malta hosts a rather developed health care system. So if you are moving there, you should have no trouble in having access to health care services. Indeed, hospitals, clinics, as well as health care centers and drugstores can be found almost everywhere. But first of all, you are advised to inquire whether foreign nationals intending to settle there have to fill in any specific condition or requirement beforehand.

Health system

As in most countries, the Maltese health system is divided into the public and private sectors which are supported by health care centers providing regular check-ups, some tests as well as basic health care services. Some drugstores also provide paid consultation to residents upon appointment, but these only apply to minor ailments.

In general, Malta's health system provides quality care, although the waiting time seems a bit long in some cases. It can even be compared to the UK's national health system on which is it originally based as the country is a former British colony. Note that the health system is financially supported by taxpayers through the Maltese Social Security System.

As regards private health care services, Maltese nationals often turn to private hospitals and clinics, as well as by health insurances. Employees, for their part, are subscribed to a health insurance by their employer.

Expat health

If you intend to work in Malta for more than three months, whether as an employee or as an independent worker, you will automatically contribute to the Maltese Social Security System. Indeed, 10% of your basic salary will be deducted while your employer will make another 10% contribution. But in case you are going to work for less than three months, you are required to subscribe with a private health insurance.

Social Security number

As mentioned previously in the guide, all foreign nationals who intend to live and work in Malta must request for a resident permit. Once you have received your resident permit, you will be eligible to Social Security upon request. Indeed, you simply have to duly fill and sign a downloadable form which you must then produce to the Sigurtà Socjali office at Valletta.

You must have understood by now that the Maltese health care system is rather simply but efficient, even for expatriates making a more than 3 months stay in the country. For more information on the resident permit, please refer to the article Resident and work permit in Malta.

 Useful links: – Health care in Malta Forum 
Ministry of Health
Social Security registration form
Social Security
Government of Malta – Health services

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