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      Stavros T

      Yr reply stresses ” at very low cost”.

      I think it would be most helpful to know the real cost of Greek health coverage according to the Ministry of the Interior’s resident  permit requirements (as mentioned below):

      1. If you can give an indication at the likely monthly premium cost of private health insurance that fulfils the  Ministry of the Interior’s criteria for a residence certificate application or renewal?  Good examples would be say

      – a man aged 50 not retired, non smoker and a woman who is over retirement age, non smoker and no major health issues, say 67 years of age.

      2. Can you clarify if the coverage must be from a Greek insurer, or it can be an insurer from another  country?

      To sum up, money is the key issue for many who wish to come and stay in Crete/Greece, so what I am asking is to let the forum know what is the likely monthly cost (premiums) to have health insurance cover in Greece based on the criteria below, because we are referencing UK persons who are now non EU. Or at least will be after December 30, 2020.

      Much appreciated.

      Your webpage states the following:

      The Ministry of the Interior requires that all applications for residence permits, either first-time permits or extensions of existing permits, be accompanied by a letter certifying that the applicant is covered for outpatient medical expenses, hospitalization, and medical care related to accidents for at least one year from the start date of the visa. This mandate is required even if one plans to spend less than a calendar year in Greece.

      “Requirements for your health insurance include the following:

      – Hospitalization (minimum coverage: €10,000/year)
      – Outpatient care / Medical Expenses (minimum coverage: €1,500/year)
      – Accidents (minimum coverage: €15,000/year)
      – A statement that the coverage is valid in Greece (or “worldwide” or “in the Schengen Zone”).
      – The required coverage for hospitalization (at least €15,000) and for outpatient care (at least €1,500) is relatively low but the authorities stipulate that the insurance company must cover 80% of a bill. The new law (as of December 2014) does not include a deductible requirement but insurance plans requiring patients to pay more than 20% of a bill will not be acceptable.
      – Please request an original, signed letter from your insurance company. The ministry has accepted faxed and scanned letters in the past but has also rejected them at other times. An original, signed letter is always preferred.”


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