Rules of medical care for foreign nationals and stateless persons in Ukraine
07 May 2014 19:07

By Resolution No.121 of 19 March 2014 the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted  the Order which sets out the rules of medical care for foreign nationals and stateless persons who permanently reside or temporarily stay in the territory of Ukraine.

Text of the resolution can be found on the website of the Parliament of Ukraine:  http://zakon1.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/121-2014-%D0%BF.

In particular, medical care shall be provided by the Ukraine’s healthcare establishments to the following categories of foreign nationals and stateless persons:

- persons who temporarily stay or permanently reside on the territory of Ukraine;

- those who have made an application for a refugee status or a status of a person in need of an additional protection;

- in respect of whom a decision has been made to process documents for consideration of the case in order to grant the status of a refugee or a person in need of additional protection;

- those who have been granted the status of a refugee or a person in need of additional protection.


It has been set out in the provisions of the Order that medical care, particularly urgent care, is provided to foreign nationals and stateless persons, who temporarily stay in the territory of Ukraine, on a paid basis, unless stated otherwise by the legislation or international treaties of Ukraine.

The cost of medical care is determined by the healthcare establishment which provides it, in accordance with the order established by the Ministry of Health, and payment can be made by bank transfer or by cash in the national currency.

If a foreign national or a stateless person who temporarily stay in the territory of Ukraine is covered by an insurance agreement with an insurer-resident (policy or certificate) which guarantees payment of the cost of medical care (insurance agreement), the payment for the above-mentioned costs shall be carried out by an insurer-resident by means of transfers of the funds to the healthcare establishment, which has provided a medical care, on condition that the document confirming payment can be produced.

In the case of conclusion of an agreement on the mutual acknowledgement of insurance agreements between an insurer-resident and insurer who is a non-resident, the guarantee of payment of costs of medical care provided to foreign nationals or stateless persons who temporarily stay in the territory of Ukraine, shall be implemented by an insurer-resident, on condition that a foreign national or a stateless person has a proper insurance agreement in place.

Payment for the cost of medical care, provided by healthcare establishments, can also be made by a company named in the insurance agreement, which co-ordinates medical care and operates in Ukraine.

In cases where the cost of medical care exceeds the amount covered, a foreign national or a stateless person shall pay the difference to the healthcare establishment which has provided such a medical care.

In case a foreign national or a person without citizenship does not have an insurance agreement and cannot produce any documents confirming his/her right for a free medical care in Ukraine, payment of the cost of the received medical care, particularly urgent care, shall be made by a foreign national or a stateless person.

In case of a refusal to pay for the provided medical care, the issue of compensation to the healthcare establishment of the costs of medical care shall be settled with participation of the relevant foreign representative offices in Ukraine.

As for foreign nationals and stateless persons, who permanently reside in the territory of Ukraine, as well as foreign nationals and stateless persons with a status of a refugee or a person in need of additional protection, medical care shall be paid for from the public funds allocated for this purpose in the state and local budgets.

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