Healthcare in Hungary
If you are a scholarship holder (SH, Diaspora or SCYP), you are entitled to have a TAJ card (social security card) that grants you free access to Hungarian public healthcare. As a fee-paying student, you may also apply for a TAJ card to access the same benefits (for a fee). Remember that some doctors may not speak foreign languages, so you might need to rely on Hungarian-speaking friends or mentors to translate.
With mild conditions (such as mild fever, runny nose, cold, flu, indigestion, cough, minor pain, etc.), you should simply visit any pharmacy to get some over-the-counter medication.
If your symptoms persist despite home treatment, you should visit your general practitioner (GP). GPs provide treatment, prescribe medicine or refer you to a specialist, but have limited working hours, and you can only visit the one assigned to you based on your address or the one provided by BME.
Specialists deal with specific aspects of your health, and in most cases, you will first need to visit your GP for a referral.
Doctor on duty
If you need to see a doctor outside the working hours of your GP, each district has so-called doctors on duty. They can provide help, but their actions are restricted by law: they can’t give you referrals or sick leave papers.
Traumatology is for recent victims of serious accidents, which caused sprains, fractures and/or deep wounds. This is where to go if you are injured, and not when you are sick.
Emergency rooms should be visited in case you experience life-threatening symptoms, such as choking, signs of heart attack, signs of seizures, loss of consciousness, etc.
What sort of health insurance do you have?
You need a valid TAJ card to get access to comprehensive healthcare in public hospitals and clinics. If you do not have this card yet, apply as soon as you can.
Other health related information
Neither TAJ nor most private insurances can provide you with adequate psychological treatment. However, the university offers such services.
In emergency situations you can find here how to find quick medical help!
General tips for a healthy stay in Budapest
- Dress appropriately for all weather conditions. Hungary has 4 separate seasons, a warm (sometimes hot) summer, moderate (and rainy) spring and autumn, while winter can get very cold, so prepare with clothes in advance accordingly! You can easily catch a cold if you do not pay attention to it!
- Wash your hands regularly, especially after the use of public transport.
- Spend plenty of time outside and exercise regularly.
- Consume plenty of fruit and vegetable, and follow a balanced diet.
- Don’t worry if you catch a cold, it is common and completely natural. Before visiting a doctor, try home remedies, such as warm tea with honey and lemon, cough syrups, and throat lozenges (sore throat candies).
- Always follow doctors’ instructions and take the prescribed medicine in the recommended quantities!
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