Health and Support Services

Get to know all about the health and support services.

Health care facilities in Malta are of a very high standard and are easily accessible with a range of public and private facilities spread across the islands. Costs for private medical treatment tend to be significantly less when compared to other European countries and the USA.  

EU/EEA nationals are entitled to free treatment at Malta’s state-funded hospitals and Health centres upon presentation of an original European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) together with an identification document providing proof of your EU/EEA nationality.  Non-EU/EEA nationals must have an international health insurance to cover the period of stay in Malta. Non-EU/EEA nationals are entitled to free services at Malta’s state-funded hospitals and health centres only in cases of emergency.  For further details, please refer to the Ministry of Health website

Pharmacies, private health Clinics and private hospitals accept personal insurance policies to cover costs of medical professionals and services. 

Students are advised to purchase or apply for a health insurance and coverage in line with requirements as laid out for the e-Residence permit. 

Recognising the need to provide holistic psycho-social support to students, the UM has invested in a Wellbeing center that is focused on providing extensive support to students throughout their studies. If you are in difficulty and not sure which health center, support service or facility to approach, do contact us at the International Office and we shall guide you in a confidential and discreet manner. Key contact points will be introduced on arrival and will be happy to help you out through your stay.

The main facilities and support services are:

Mater Dei is a state-funded funded hospital located a few meters away from the University’s Msida campus. It is an acute general teaching hospital which offers a range of hospital services, open 24 hours a day. The Emergency Department is for an urgent medical problem related to an illness or accident.

Health Centres (or polyclinics, as they are known locally) are located in a number of towns around the islands of Malta and Gozo. The health centres offer primary health care services. Opening times and availability vary in each locality so it is advisable to check the Health Centres website. If possible, attend the Health Centre that serves your locality of residence.

Pharmacies and Private Clinics: there are a number of pharmacies in each locality. These are privately owned and some offer the services of private clinics. On Sundays and Public Holidays the pharmacies work on a roster basis - generally till noon. There is a directory of health professionals and specialists on this website. Students seeking medical services at these clinics will be charged and expected to pay for services. To make an appointment students are to call the pharmacy/clinics.  To access the website go on the link above which gives the lists of pharmacies, rosters and health professionals.

Private Hospitals: There are a number of private hospitals in Malta.  Students seeking their medical services will be charged and expected to pay for services.  Only some are open 24 hours a day.

Medication/Subscriptions: If you suffer from any chronic health condition that requires regular medication, make sure that you bring sufficient supplies of your prescribed medicines with you.  Additionally, bring your doctor’s prescription with you just in case you are asked to show proof as to why you are in possession of such medicines.  In Malta most medicines require a physician’s authorisation in order to be purchased from pharmacies or drug stores.  If you wear spectacles or contact lenses, bring your optician’s prescription with you. 

The University Law Clinic works together with law students, reading for the Masters in Advocacy degree (hence, in their final year of their law studies), who work pro bono to offer free legal assistance to clients and this, under the supervision of qualified advocates.  As a general rule the students will limit their assistance to: 

  • offering legal advice and guidance to the client 
  • writing letters and otherwise, contacting state agencies on the client's behalf (such letters would be co-signed by their supervisor) 
  • conducting factual investigation and legal research into the client's position at law, and also assembling a legal brief if required
  • appearing at any tribunals where they have a locus standi and making oral representations on the client's behalf

Tel: +356 2340 7801/7802

Sedqa is a national service mandated to plan and recommend developments and updates to the National Policy in the field of drug and alcohol abuse and compulsive gambling, and to provide service in health promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation to persons with drug and/or alcohol problems and other similar conditions, and to their families, so as to help them live a stable life and to integrate better in society.

Caritas National Council was set up to co-ordinate and develop social assistance and charitable activities.

Richmond Foundation’s main mission is to support people experiencing mental health problems and those around them, throughout various aspects of life. Apart from offering therapeutic care, assistance is provided to acquire skills to live and work independently. Tailored support services available range from support groups and assisted living solutions, to educational programmes and counselling services.

Psychiatric Department at Mater Dei Hospital
Further to a new initiative announced in 2019, a Psychiatric Support should be available around the clock at the Mater Dei Hospital, Accidents and Emergency Department

A Psychiatric Unit is also available at Outpatients at Mater Dei Hospital. 
Telephone: +356 2545 6930/1

Diagnosis and treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections -Counselling and testing for HIV and other genital conditions not necessarily sexually acquired.
Telephone: +356 2545 7492

Aġenzija APPOĠĠ is the National Agency for children, families and the community which safeguards and promotes the wellbeing of these persons through the development and provision of psycho-social welfare services
Telephone: +356 2295 9000

INTEGRA Foundation’s vision is that of supporting inclusive, non-discriminating and non-disabling societies, where all individuals have the right to human dignity, freedom, respect and social justice. 

YMCA Homelessness Project which includes an emergency shelter for homeless people, 18 months care programme for homeless adults and adolescents experiencing homelessness, after-care programme and Y'PAUSE support group, psychological educational projects, community work though our Field Generalist Team, YMCA Emergency Food Distribution Programme, Furniture & Clothing Support & Homeless Campaigns. 

Jesuit Refugee Service in Malta seeks to accompany, serve and defend the rights of asylum seekers and forcibly displaced persons in Malta.