Medical care in Malta is available through both public and private hospitals, and the quality of medical care in Malta is excellent. Malta also has a strong general practitioner primary care base and the public hospitals provide secondary and tertiary care. It is advisable that foreign residents take out private medical insurance.
Amongst other health agreements, Malta has a bilateral health agreement in force with the UK and the Netherlands. British and Dutch nationals as well as their spouses are entitled to free hospitalisation in Malta. One must regularise with the Entitlement Unit of the Health Department in Malta.
In 2000 Malta was ranked number five in the World Health Organization's ranking of the world's health systems. Malta's health sector has excelled even further since 2007 with the opening of state of the art public hospital – Mater Dei.