Foreigners are entitled to first-aid and ambulance services only when they have suffered an accident; follow-up treatment and medicine must be paid for. Treatment at a public outpatient clinic (rendelő intézet) is not expensive, but a consultation in a doctor’s surgery (orvosi rendelő) costs from around 8000Ft (home visits from around 12,000Ft to 15,000Ft).
Consultations and treatment are very expensive in private clinics catering to foreigners. Dental work is usually of a high standard and fairly cheap by European standards.
FirstMed Centers Modern private medical clinic with very expensive round-the-clock emergency treatment (basic consultation 26,700Ft for under 10 minutes).
SOS Dent Dental consultations from 5000Ft, extractions 9000Ft to 22,000Ft, fillings 15,000Ft to 35,000Ft and crowns from 42,000Ft.
Each of Budapest’s 23 districts has a rotating all-night pharmacy; a sign on the door of any pharmacy will help you locate the nearest 24-hour place.
If you’re an EU citizen, a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), available from health centres, covers you for most medical care. It will not cover you for nonemergencies or emergency repatriation. Citizens from other countries should find out if there is a reciprocal arrangement for free medical care between their country and Hungary.
If you do need health insurance while travelling, find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures. The former option is generally preferable, as it doesn’t require you to pay out of pocket in Hungary, but if you have to claim later, make sure you keep all documentation.
There are no vaccination requirements for Budapest, but the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends travellers be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio, regardless of their destination.
Tap water in Budapest is safe to drink.