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Can a new citizen and resident of Greece, retired and not employed, pay into the national health care system and receive care, or must one purchase private health insurance?
 

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Your best bet is to pay into a bank (or better still hide it under your mattress! LOL) and use that money to pay doctors when needed. IKA is a bottomless pit. Either go for a private medical insurance or just save your money. I assume you made contributions into a US medical insurance - can't they be transferred? Remember - no doctor in Greece can turn you away from a state hospital in an emergency and also a doc will see you in the morning for the price of a ticket (which is around 3 euro) DON'T waste your money on IKA!
 
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