Health & Emergency
PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM
Serbian public health system had lack of funds for decades, although medical staff are well-trained. Some of the equipment and facilities are outdated, but doctors generally try to do their best with the available resources.
Healthcare in Serbia is available to all citizens and registered long-term residents. When you arrive to Serbia, it would be best to check with your employer how your health insurance is regulated. To find out whether your country has a bilateral agreement on health insurance with Serbia, check out this link.
The equipment of Serbian hospitals is poor and outdated although there are some hospitals that are better equipped.
Most expats have an international medical insurance that covers treatment abroad. Doctors’ visits, blood tests and medication are relatively cheap and accessible, even in private hospitals, as is dentistry.
PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE
If you are used to traveling abroad, you should know that getting a private health insurance is always useful.
By default, under the Serbian Health Insurance Act, all foreign citizens working for foreign companies located in Serbia or local companies are covered by the compulsory health insurance. You can find more information here.
There are dozens of insurance companies in Serbia where you can get life and non-life insurance services. Have a look to the List of Insurance Companies available.
You can also find specific medical care providers in Belgrade Medicine Directory.
You can reach most of the providers and their offices via email or phone, and ask whether they can provide services in English or another language.
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS
In case of an emergency, is always good to know where to call. You can dial these numbers from any mobile phone while you are in Serbia and request the assistance you need. We recommend you as well to have the number of your own embassy in case you need help in a extreme situation.
- Police: 192
- Fire station: 193
- Ambulance: 194
- AMSS road assistance: 1987
- Emergency hospital: tel +381 11 3618 444 (Clinical Center of Serbia, Pasterova 2)
- Registry of international calls: 19011