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Public healthcare

According to Subsidiary Legislation 35.28 Healthcare Fees Regulation, the following TCNs have free access to all state healthcare in accordance with the entitlements determined by the Ministry for Energy and Health:
  • A person that holds an employment licence and who is paying social security contributions
  • A citizen of a country which has a reciprocal health care agreement in force with Malta
  • A person who enjoys freedom of movement in terms of article 44 of the Constitution of Malta
  • A person undertaking a course of studies at any one of the following institutions: the University of Malta, the Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology and the Institute of Tourism Studies
  • A person who is in Malta in an advisory or consultative capacity to the Government 

Public Healthcare in Malta operates through Public Hospitals, Health Care Centres and Pharmacies.

Emergency Number

If you get very sick or are badly hurt you should use the emergency medical services. If your condition permits it is always advisable to go the Health Centre in your area or visit you General Practitioner who will examine you and refer you accordingly.
If you need the service of an ambulance you should call the freephone emergency number in Malta which is 112, which you can call from a landline, a pay phone or your mobile phone.


Health Services

Public Hospitals
Public hospitals offer specialised care and/or emergency services to the public. The following hospitals are present on the island:
  • Mater Dei Hospital is an acute general teaching hospital located in Msida offering hospital and specialist services.

  • Boffa Hospital is a specialised hospital for Oncology and Palliative Care and Dermatology. This hospital provides both in- and out-patient services. The hospital has the following departments: Pharmacy, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Worker and Chaplaincy services.

  • Mount Carmel Hospital is a mental health hospital that offers both in- and out-patient services. This hospital prides itself on the professionalism and capabilities of human resources and takes a multi-disciplinary approach in all its psychiatric services offering its patients holistic and customised psychiatric, psychological and social care.

  • St.Vincent de Paul is a long-term residence home for the elderly.

  • Gozo’s General a general hospital with a mix of acute care wards

  • Karen Grech is a rehabilitation hospital. Patients who have undergone, for example, an amputation, stroke or trauma are treated on both an in- and out-patient basis.

The Health Centres
These are the hub of the public primary health care services provided in Malta.
Besides the general practitioner and nursing services, various specialised health services are provided. Services provided are GP Services, Nursing Services, GP Review/Investigation Results Clinic, blood letting, Prescription Clinic, Diabetes Clinic, ECG Clinic, Glaucoma Screening, Gynae and Post-Natal Clinic, Medical Consultant Clinic, Immunisation, Ophthalmic Clinic, Physiotherapy Clinic, Podology Clinic, Psychiatric Clinic, Schedule V Clinic, Speech Language Clinic, Well Baby Clinic, Wound Review Clinic, X-Ray Service. Access to specialists is granted upon referral by a State doctor or by the family doctor
As the times and availability of these clinics vary, for further information the public is kindly requested to contact the individual health centre. At present, seeing a GP does not require an appointment or pre notification except for prescriptions, review clinics and other specialised clinics.
At present there are eight Health Centres (HCs):

  • Mosta Health Centre caters for residents of the following localities: Mosta (Bidnija), Naxxar (Birguma, Maghtab, Salina, Bahar ic-Caghaq), San Pawl il-Bahar (Bugibba, Qawra, Xemxija, Ghajn Tuffieha,Wardija, Pwales), Mellieha (Selmun, Ghadira, Marfa, Cirkewwa), Manikata, Burmarrad, Mgarr (Zebbiegh), Gharghur (Xwieki).
  • Rabat Health Centre caters for residents of the following localities: Rabat, Mdina, Mtarfa, Dingli, Attard, Bahrija and Kuncizzjoni.
  • Birkirkara Health Centre caters for residents of the following localities: Birkirkara, Iklin, Lija and Balzan.
  • Floriana Health Centre caters for residents of the following localities: Pieta', G'Mangia, Valletta, Floriana, Hamrun, Sta. Venera, Marsa, Zurrieq, Safi, Luqa, Mqabba, Qrendi, Kirkop and Hal-Far (L/O Zurrieq).
  • Gzira Health Centre caters for residents of the following localities: Msida, Ta' Xbiex, Gzira, Sliema, Kappara, San Gwann, Swatar, Madliena, Taz-Zwejt, St. Julian's, Swieqi, L-Ibrag, St. Andrew's, Pembroke, High Ridge and Victoria Gardens.
  • Qormi Health Centre caters for residents of the following localities: Qormi, Zebbug, Mriehel (towards Qormi) and Siggiewi.
  • Paola (Rahal Gdid) Health Centre caters for residents of the following localities: Paola, Tarxien, Sta. Lucia, Birzebbuga, Zejtun, Marsaxlokk, Zabbar, Marsascala, Xghajra, Fgura, Gudja, Ghaxaq, Benghajsa.
  • Cospicua (Bormla) Health Centre caters for residents of the following localities: Cospicua, Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Kalkara.
The public is requested to attend the Health Centre that serves his/her locality of residence. More information on each centre can be found here. In order to access the services provided by the Health Centres it is sufficient to provide your last pay slip.
The cost of all prostheses and medication is normally paid by the patient.
  • Medication is given for free for the first 3 days after discharge from in-patient treatment
  • Medicines used during in-patient treatment
  • Persons who are in the low-income group, as determined by a means test, are entitled to free medicines from a restricted list of essential medicines and to certain medical devices (subject to certain conditions and the payment of a refundable deposit)
  • Persons who suffer from chronic illnesses included in a specific schedule incorporated in the Social Security Act Cap 318. These are malignant diseases, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, digestive system diseases, liver diseases, haematological diseases, nervous system diseases, renal diseases, endocrine diseases, skin diseases, infectious diseases, rheumatic diseases, metabolic disorders, eye diseases, immunodeficiency, chromosome disorders. You will be referred to a Consultant from the Public Health Service who will apply for a Schedule V Card with a list of the free medicines you are entitled to. This benefit is independent of financial means.
It is possible to view which medicines are authorised in Malta and whether it requires a prescription by visiting
Pharmacies are present in both Malta and Gozo. It is possible to find a list of Pharmacies according to your nearest location.
Pharmacy Roster
Private Pharmacies open on a roster basis on Sundays and on public holidays. Pharmacies open on a separate roster on Saturday afternoons. To check the opening times of pharmacies, click here​.
The National Immunisation Service is responsible for the administration of all vaccines given to the public at all ages. The Immunisation Unit at Floriana Health Centre co-ordinates all vaccinations given from each health centre as well as some services given in the community and hospitals. All clinics in the health centres carry out the scheduled vaccinations for infants, children and adolescents. The scheduled vaccines for infants and children up to 16years are free of charge. Persons at high risk of certain vaccine-preventable diseases are also vaccinated free of charge and these include persons in particular occupations: (These are paid for by the company of the employee).
The Immunisation Unit in Floriana also offers a travel vaccine advisory service as well as the actual administration of travel vaccines. Vaccines required prior to travel to some countries are given against payment.​Vaccines may also be given by general practitioners in private clinics against payment.  The clinic provides immunisation services related to occupational health to various Government Departments and Agencies as well as to private enterprise.
It is important to check that you have been vaccinated with recommended vaccinations. A list of vaccinations needed can be found in the following link.
Accessing Health Records
You can easily access your important parts of your health records through Malta’s myHealth website Through the website you will be able to:
  • Access Mater Dei Hospital Case Summaries
  • Ask one or more doctors to be your myHealth doctors (to give them electronic access to your data)
  • Access your “Pharmacy of your Choice” entitlement data
  • See what appointments you have at Government hospitals and Health Centres
  • Set up email notifications and SMS reminders.

 Last updated in June 2014.​
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Valletta VLT 2000

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