Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.
Information Regarding Medical Services in Prague
While significant differences do exist between American and Czech medical systems, many outdated misconceptions and fears about post-communist medical systems may still linger. A run-down of some of the most important attributes is listed below:
The Czech medical system is no longer entirely socialized. It is partially government-run and partially private, and there are a number of Western trained doctors now operatingf in Prague. Some of their numbers can be found in the referrals part of this section.
While medical facilities may seem worn and outdated to the average American, the staff does maintain a standard of cleanliness (for example, many require that you wear disposable shoe coverings in the hospitals).
The Czech philosophy of medical care and the doctor-patient relationship tend to be more European in approach. That is, the doctor will be less likely to share information about the patient’s condition with the patient than is generally the case in the U.S. This is a cultural difference and not a deficiency in medical care.
The Czech medical system is very segmented. There is no one central emergency room, and so emergencies are often sent to the facility which treats the specific medical condition (i.e., broken noses are sent to the ear, nose and throat facility rather than one central emergency room). Also, it is not uncommon to find closed doors (where you would knock or ring for service) rather than an open nursing station.
DISCLAIMER: This list of medical providers is provided solely as information for American citizens. It is not meant to be exhaustive or definitive, nor does it represent either a guarantee of competence or endorsement by the Department of State or the American Embassy.
Foreigners who use Czech medical facilities are expected to pay for their care. The U.S. Embassy in Prague cannot guarantee payment or otherwise take financial responsibility for the medical care of private citizens. MEDICARE does not cover overseas treatment. Credit cards may not be accepted and insurance cards are usually not accepted in lieu of payment.
Generally, patients who have overseas insurance coverage should expect to pay the bill and then seek reimbursement from their insurance company. Contact your health insurance company directly to find out if your policy includes overseas coverage.
Life-threatening emergencies in Prague and Brno should be dealt with by calling Záchranná Služba (“emergency services”) by dialing 112. Please specify that a physician is needed.
The emergency services physician will generally send the patient by ambulance to the nearest hospital best equipped to deal with the specific type of emergency, all of which are listed at the end of this section. Patients can always request to be moved to a different health facility after their condition has stabilized. Charges will be incurred for services. Please note that transportation to the health care facilities is not free of charge. Payment in cash will be requested by the ambulance crew (aprox. USD 200; credit cards are also accepted).
This list does not include all medical facilities/providers in Prague. The ones included here do cater to foreigners and speak at least some English.
U Uvalu 84 224-433-681 Adults
Prague 5 224-433-690 Children
American patients are requested to approach the hospital through the Foreigners’ department:
Mon-Fri 7 am – 9 pm and Sat-Sun 8 am – 9 pm
24-hour Trauma facility adult and pediatric care
24-hour care for major and minor trauma, illness. Has surgery capability, lab, and other diagnostic testing equipment, including CT and MRI. There is an English speaking representative available 24 hours/day upon request.
Accepts Visa, MasterCard, Amex, and Diners Club.
Na Homolce Hospital 2244 Adults (0730-1600 hrs)
Roentgenova 2, Prague 5 257-272-025 Kids (0730-1600 hrs)
American patients are requested to approach the hospital through the Foreigners’ department: Mo-Fri 7am-4:30pmNO 24-hour emergency care. NOT for major trauma.
Accepts Visa, Mastercard
Prague Central Military Hospital
U vojenské nemocnice 1200
Phone: 973 203 023 (our POC)
24-hour emergency facility. major trauma center. Has isolation unit, surgery capability, lab, diagnostic testing equipment (CT, MRI). There is an English speaking representative available 24 hours/day upon request.
Fakultní Nemocnice Královské Vinohrady
Šrobárova 50, Prague 10
Phone: 267 161 111
Emergency room, adult/pediatric burn center for the Czech Republic, plastic surgery clinic.
Fakultní Nemocnice Bulovka
Budínova 2, Prague 8
Phone (Call Center): 266 081 111
Emergency kids: 266 084 220
Emergency adults: 266 082 017
Emergency room, orthopedic surgery, infectious diseases clinic, etc.
Accepts payment by Visa, and has an ATM that accepts Cirrus, MasterCard, and American Express.
Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM)
Krc, Prague 4
Phone: 236 051 111
Cardiac Unit Emergency: 236 053 002
Invasive cardiology with cardiovascular surgical support. English speaking medical staff for the most part.
Research Institute of Traumatology (Ústav Traumatologický)
Phone: 545 538 111
Faculty Children Hospital (Fakultní Dětská Nemocnice)
Phone: 545 122 111
First Aid, Dental, Eye Emergencies: 545 541 111
Non-Emergency / Minor Emergency Care
Národní třída 9, Prague 1
Emergency: 777 942 270, 222 075 101
Medical clinic offering general medical care as well as specialized care for adults and children. Run by US Board Certified Physicians. 24-hour emergency service including direct hospital care. Preventive care, home visits, on-site laboratory, all medical staff fluent in English.
Accepts major credit cards.
Family oriented medical center offering comprehensive medical and dental services to the expatriate community in Prague. Center is located close to metro A station Bořislavka. Provides English speaking physicians in a variety of specialities. Will arrange diagnostic tests, X-ray on the compound, can assist with local hospitalization as needed. Provides 24-hour on call service. Major credit cards accepted, direct billing possible.
Accepts major credit cards.
Canadian Medical Care
Veleslavínská 1 235-360-133
V Parku 2308/8 After-hours adults 724 300 301
162 02 Prague 6 Pediatrician 724 300 303
Well-established private outpatient medical clinic providing high quality health care to all foreign residents, visitors to Prague, and Czech citizens who desire above-standard medical services.
English speaking medical staff, primary health care for people of all ages, referral to specialists is required, 24-hour on call service
Major credit cards accepted.
Mental Health Services
DISCLAIMER: This list is provided solely as information for American citizens. The U.S. Embassy Prague does not recommend any persons or firms listed below, nor does it accept responsibility for their professional ability or integrity.
Psychiatric Clinic Karlovo náměstí
Ke Karlovu 11
224 965 221
224 961 111
Ambulance 224 965 344
Psychiatric Clinic Bohnice
296 569 111
The City Practice
Independent Clinical Psychology Services
Phone: (+420) 731 181 268
Fax: (+44) (0) 870 990 8477
If you wish to visit us in Prague, by appointment, you can find us at:
The City Practice
110 00 Praha 1
Prague Ruzyne Medical Unit
220 113 301
220 113 302
At airport call 3301 or 3302
COUNSELING SERVICE/ PSYCHOLOGY/ PSYCHIATRY
Dr. Peter Pothe
602 289 717
Adult and child psychiatrist