Students often make a big mistake by calling an ambulance in the Czech Republic by force of habit, because of a slight indisposition or cold. As a rule, citizens of the CIS countries are accustomed to the fact that ambulance either free or it's covered the insurance company.
Unfortunately, in the Czech Republic, the very notion of an ambulance does not exist in principle. There is only Záchranná služba (in translation - the rescuers) whose main function is to save lives in emergency situations.
For this reason, insurance companies in the Czech Republic (both private and public) must pay an emergency call only in case of the so-called collapse (fainting, open fractures with blood loss, heart attacks, etc.). In case if a person had the opportunity to get to the hospital on their own in a taxi without a threat to life or long-term health effects, first aid is not paid.
This is especially significant now, as since 2016 the price for an emergency call was raised from 2500 korunas to 5000 korunas per call. According to the Ministry of Health, frequent cases of false alarms (mild temperatures, etc.) were used as a reason, as long as the ambulance takes the time to solve the problem of non-core matter, somewhere ambulance is being awaited by the person who really is on the verge of life and death.
So be careful with calling an ambulance, because now for the emergency call you will have to pay a signifcant sum of money.
Insurance for foreigners in the Czech Republic covers the majority of diseases and health problems, but simply to buy an insurance in Prague is not enough, you must know how to use it correctly.
About how to learn to do it and how to be treated for free of charge we will tell in our next article!