#LifeInCzechia News regarding the compulsory health insurance! The insurance monopoly of PVZP (a subsidiary of the General Health Insurance Company of the Czech Republic) is now canceled. Foreigners from non-EU countries who have long-term or permanent residence in the Czech Republic can now choose the insurance company on their own.
You can now choose from any insurance company.
What Was the Monopoly About?
The Czech president Petr Pavel signed the document ending this controversial five-year monopoly on commercial insurance for foreigners which was in effect from August 2021.
The defenders of the monopoly pointed out that it was necessary to ensure that foreigners would be reimbursed for the medical care provided. However, according to the senators, it was contrary to the European law.
New Amendment – New Conditions
With the new amendment, it is believed that foreigners will once again have a choice, and thus the quality of the service increases. Moreover, the amendment will significantly strengthen transparency that respects European law.
Another highlight includes an increase in the health insurance coverage limit. Foreigners with a long-term residence permit will be now covered up to 9.6 million Czech crowns or 400,000 euros.
A new register of health insurance for foreigners will be created within a year. It will contain selected information on commercial health insurance for foreigners. It will be accessible to healthcare institutions and in some cases to the police.
The limit for health insurance coverage was increased.
How to proceed?
After the approval, you are now allowed to terminate your contract with the PVZP Insurance Company. However, you only have three months to do so.
When the termination is completed, you can sign a contract with a new insurance company offering health insurance for foreigners.
To prevent a period when a sick foreigner remains without insurance, insurance companies will have to renew the travel health insurance for those interested.