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 Is there a doctor in the country?
If you find yourself in desperate need of medical attention, try an embassy clinic or private establishment first (see list to the right for Warsaw). You've got a greater chance that someone will speak your language, and the service and the conditions will (probably) be better. Most of the hospitals and clinics listed to the right can scare up someone who will speak either English, German, French or Spanish.

If you do try one of the local offerings, call 911 first and they'll direct you to the hospital which is on-call. If you're habituated to western medicine, note that they do things a little differently around here. A favorite rejoinder in Poland is 'but you didn't ask', so if you want information, expect to ask for it. A second rule of thumb is 'cash up front'. Poland's restaurants may be credit-card friendly, but some of its hospitals are not.

Remember to get receipts. Most insurance companies will not reimburse you without them. Maybe you know this already.

 My prescription's run out
If you don't need a doctor, apteka but simply some drugs, find an 'apteka'. They're marked with a green cross on a white background, and if you cannot locate someone who understands you, show them your empty pill bottle with a painful grimace.

Poles are also big on nonwestern meds, so you can find a number of apteka which also supply homeopathic and other complementary medicines.

tel. 999
tel. 997
tel. 998
Warsaw Private Clinics
and Hospitals

ul. Hoza 50
tel. 622 74 55
Emergency: 9677

American Medical Center
ul. Wilcza 23/29
tel. 622 04 89

Damian Clinic and Hospital
ul. Walbrzyska 46
tel. 644 33 13

Lux-Med Clinic
ul. Raclawicka 132b
tel. 646 99 99

Hospital of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
ul. Emilii Plater 18
tel. 621 31 76

Children's Health Centre - Memorial Hospital
Al. Dzieci Polskich 20
tel. 15 74 44

Embassy Clinics
German Embassy
Medical Center
ul. Katowicka 31
tel. 617 30 21

British Embassy
Medical Center
al. Roz 1
tel. 628 10 01

Warsaw Dentists

ul. Nowowiejska 37 tel. 258 29 99
ul. Sniadeckich 14
tel. 625 78 00

ul. Grzybowska 22
tel. 620 63 65

ul. Zelazna 54
tel. 654 21 16

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