Third-country nationals have the right to purchase medicines from pharmacies and licensed drugstores. Some lighter medicines can be obtained without a prescription, while others can only be obtained with a prescription. Medicines are paid for by patients.

In some chronic diseases and long-term treatment, it is possible for a doctor to prescribe medicines to health-insured patients, which can then be paid for in full or in part by the state budget. For this purpose, your personal doctor must issue you a Prescription Record Book for the chronically ill.

The NHIF does not cover medicines and medical products prescribed to uninsured persons or persons whose health insurance rights have been suspended.

Useful links: 

List of pharmacies with agreements with National Health Insurance Fund

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