Public health insurance of dependent children with a temporary residence in Slovakia

A change in the Act on Health Insurance in 2017

 

A recent amendment to the Act on Health Insurance brought an important change for those international researchers who moved to Slovakia with their child(ren).

 

Unlike before, as of 2017, a dependent child* of a foreign resident is covered by public health insurance in Slovakia if this child has been granted a temporary residence in Slovakia and at least one of his/her legal representatives (parents) is covered by public health insurance, too.

 

*A dependent child is

  • any child until he/she completes compulsory schooling (10 years, until the child reaches 16 years of age),
  • any person who completed compulsory schooling until the age of 30 who is a student of a secondary school or of a higher education institution (HEI) until the completion of the 2nd level of higher education,
  • any person who completed compulsory schooling until the age of 26 who can't attend secondary school/study at a HEI due to poor health.

 

The health insurance premiums of such a child are paid by the Slovak republic.

 

Although in general, the insured person has the right to choose his/her insurance provider (one of three insurance companies providing public health insurance), this dependent child must be insured by the same insurance company as his/her parent.

 

More information: Mandatory public health insurance