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The Procedure for Providing Medical Assistance to Foreign Citizens

Law of the Republic of Belarus, dated June 18, 1993 "On Health Care"
Article # 5. Right of Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons to Affordable Medical Care

Foreign citizens and stateless persons permanently residing in the Republic of Belarus have the right to affordable medical care on an equal basis with citizens of the Republic of Belarus, unless otherwise specified by legislative acts of the Republic of Belarus and international treaties of the Republic of Belarus. Foreign citizens and stateless persons temporarily staying or temporarily residing in the Republic of Belarus have the right to affordable medical care at their own expense, funds of legal entities and other sources not prohibited by the legislation of the Republic of Belarus, unless otherwise provided by legislative acts of the Republic of Belarus and international treaties of the Republic of Belarus.

In turn, the Republic of Belarus has entered into a number of international treaties that regulate the provision of emergency and urgent and routine medical care.

Thus, for citizens of the following CIS member states: the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Moldova, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, Ukraine, the procedure for medical care provision is determined by the Agreement on the Provision of Medical Care to Citizens of the Commonwealth of Independent States, signed on March 27 1997 in Moscow (the List of countries participating in the Agreement was updated by the Letter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs dated July 15, 2014 No. 18-37 / 14623).

In particular, in accordance with this Agreement, regardless of the legal status of a citizen on the territory of the Republic of Belarus, medical assistance is provided in the following order:

  • ambulance and emergency medical care in case of sudden acute conditions and diseases that threaten the patient's life or the health of others, accidents, poisoning, injuries, childbirth and emergency conditions during pregnancy - unimpededly, free of charge and in full;

From the moment when the threat to the patient's life or the health of others is eliminated and his transportation is possible, further medical care is carried out on a paid basis.

  • planned medical care is provided on a paid basis to citizens on the territory of the state of temporary residence.

In accordance with Article 7 of the Agreement on Provision of Medical Care to Citizens of the Commonwealth of Independent States working under a contract (labor agreement), routine medical care is carried out at the expense of the employer in the manner and amount provided for by the contract, or at the expense of citizens' personal funds.

In accordance with the above Letter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan are not included in the List of countries that are parties to this Agreement. Medical assistance to citizens of these countries is provided in accordance with the Law of the Republic of Belarus dated June 18, 1993 "On Health Care".

There is also an Agreement on the mutual granting of equal rights to citizens of the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and the Russian Federation in receiving ambulance and emergency medical care dated November 24, 1998.

Provision of medical care to citizens of the Russian Federation is governed by the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of the Russian Federation on the procedure for providing medical care to citizens of the Republic of Belarus in healthcare institutions of the Russian Federation and citizens of the Russian Federation in healthcare institutions of the Republic of Belarus, signed on January 24, 2006 in St. Petersburg.

In particular,

Article 3. Citizens of the Republic of Belarus permanently residing in the Russian Federation have equal rights with citizens of the Russian Federation to receive medical care, including free treatment, in state and municipal healthcare institutions of the Russian Federation.

Citizens of the Russian Federation permanently residing in the Republic of Belarus have equal rights with citizens of the Republic of Belarus to receive medical care, including free treatment, in state healthcare institutions of the Republic of Belarus.

Article 4. Heroes of the Soviet Union and holders of the Order of Glory of three degrees from among citizens of the Republic of Belarus have equal rights with citizens of the Russian Federation to receive medical care, including free treatment, in state and municipal healthcare institutions of the Russian Federation.

Heroes of the Soviet Union and holders of the Order of Glory of three degrees from among the citizens of the Russian Federation have equal rights with citizens of the Republic of Belarus to receive medical care, including free treatment, in state healthcare institutions of the Republic of Belarus.

Article 5. Citizens of the Republic of Belarus temporarily staying and temporarily residing in the Russian Federation have equal rights with citizens of the Russian Federation to receive emergency medical care and medical care in the event of diseases that pose a danger to others during their stay in the Russian Federation.

Citizens of the Russian Federation temporarily residing in the Republic of Belarus have equal rights with citizens of the Republic of Belarus to receive emergency medical care and medical care if they develop socially dangerous diseases during their stay in the Republic of Belarus.

Article 6. Citizens of the Republic of Belarus temporarily staying and temporarily residing in the Russian Federation and working in institutions (organizations) of the Russian Federation under labor contracts have equal rights with citizens of the Russian Federation working in these institutions (organizations) to receive medical care in state and municipal healthcare institutions of the Russian Federation.

Citizens of the Russian Federation temporarily residing in the territory of the Republic of Belarus and working in organizations of the Republic of Belarus under labor contracts have equal rights with citizens of the Republic of Belarus working in these organizations to receive medical care in state healthcare institutions of the Republic of Belarus.

Article 7. Citizens of the Republic of Belarus have the right to receive medical care in state and municipal healthcare institutions of the Russian Federation at the expense of: funds of the federal budget of the Russian Federation, budgets of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, budgets of municipalities of the Russian Federation in cases provided for by Articles 3 - 6 of this Agreement; compulsory medical insurance funds in the manner prescribed by the legislation of the Russian Federation; personal funds of citizens and other sources not prohibited by the legislation of the Russian Federation.

Citizens of the Russian Federation have the right to receive medical care in state healthcare institutions of the Republic of Belarus through: funds of the republican and local budgets of the Republic of Belarus in cases provided for by Articles 3-6 of this Agreement; voluntary medical insurance funds, personal funds of citizens and other sources not prohibited by the legislation of the Republic of Belarus.

On June 30, 2014, the Memorandum between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of Turkmenistan on cooperation in the field of health care, medical (pharmaceutical) science, education and medical assistance provision to citizens of the Republic of Belarus and Turkmenistan, signed on November 5, 2013 in Ashgabat, entered into force.

Article 3 of the Memorandum determines that citizens of the state of one Party on the territory of the state of the other Party will be provided with ambulance and emergency medical assistance (services) free of charge.

In accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus and the Ministry of Health of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on cooperation in the field of health and medical science dated April 16, 2002, ambulance and emergency medical assistance to citizens of Vietnam temporarily or permanently residing on the territory of the Republic of Belarus is provided in an amount sufficient to return the patient to his homeland without dangerous consequences for his health. Payment for e ambulance and emergency medical care is carried out in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Belarus. Specialized routine medical care provided by one of the Contracting Parties to citizens of the other Contracting Party is carried out by patients on a paid basis at the rates of the country, offering the services.

In accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus and the Ministry of Health of the Syrian Arab Republic on cooperation in the field of health care and medical science dated December 9, 2003, medical assistance to Syrian citizens staying on the territory of the Republic of Belarus is provided on the basis of health insurance. In cases where the citizens of Syria, staying on the territory of the Republic of Belarus, are not provided with medical insurance, all expenses for the provision of medical care are paid at the expense of these citizens.

In accordance with the Agreement between the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on cooperation in the field of medical science and health", signed in Moscow on February 17, 1975, citizens of the United Kingdom in need of emergency treatment during their stay in the Republic of Belarus receive medical care on the same conditions as citizens of the Republic of Belarus in accordance with the current legislation in the field of health care of the Republic of Belarus. The costs of providing medical assistance to these citizens, with the exception of costs that are usually paid by citizens of Belarus, are paid by the competent authorities of the Republic of Belarus.

In accordance with the Letter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus dated July 17, 2015 No. 18-19 / 15974, the Agreement between the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on cooperation in the field of medical science and health "expires on December 25, 2015.

From the date of termination of the Agreement, medical assistance to citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be provided in accordance with the national legislation of the Republic of Belarus, in particular Article 5 of the Law of the Republic of Belarus of June 18, 1993 "On Health Care".

Please note that since July 1, 2014, the Decree of the President of the Republic of Belarus of April 14, 2014 No. 165 "On Amendments and Additions to Decrees of the President of the Republic of Belarus on Insurance Activities" came into force, in accordance with which the procedure and conditions have changed compulsory medical insurance for foreign citizens and stateless persons temporarily staying or temporarily residing in the Republic of Belarus.

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