Before moving to a new country, it is important to understand how its healthcare system works. No matter how long you’ll stay, if anything happens to you (from a toothache to an accident) you want to be sure that you will receive a quality treatment. You’ll learn everything you need to know in this complete guide to healthcare in Georgia.
The healthcare system in Georgia
Like in many other countries, the healthcare system in Georgia is divided into two parts: the public and private healthcare sectors.
Public healthcare in Georgia
The public healthcare sector is basic. Georgian residents do not have access to free public healthcare and the private insurance sector prevails. There are public hospitals in all cities and in many regions too. These hospitals can provide basic care but are not as modern as private ones and would be less recommendable for serious illnesses or injuries.
Cost of public healthcare in Georgia
The cost of healthcare varies depending on the hospital or clinic and the service needed. To give you an idea, are a few prices that you can encounter.
- Visit at the family doctor: 35-40 GEL (12-15USD)
- Blood test: 16 GEL (5.66 USD)
Private healthcare in Georgia
The private healthcare system is well developed in Georgia. There are many private hospitals that provide high-quality services. Most of them are located in Tbilisi. Many hospitals and clinics have English and Russian speaking doctors so the language is rarely a problem.
Private health insurance in Georgia
There are several private health insurance companies in Tbilisi. The largest ones are GPI, Unison and Euroins. Other insurers include Alpha, Imedi L and Adalgi. You can also choose an insurance for expats in your country of origin. Companies such as Axa, Cigna and Allianz provide great insurance policies for expats.
Cost of private healthcare in Georgia
The cost of healthcare varies depending on the hospital or clinic and the service needed. To give you an idea, here are a few prices that you can encounter.
- Visit at the family doctor: 60 GEL (21 USD)
- Blood test: 25GEL (9USD)
- Cavity treatment: 100GEL (35 USD)
The number to call in case of an emergency in Georgia is 112. This number is available 24/7 and unites three emergency response centers: the police patrol, the fire/rescue and the ambulance. If anything happens to you, you can dial 112 and you will be taken care of.