How the Medical system works in Kazakhstan

Options for medical care are limited and well below US standards. US citizens often depart Kazakhstan for medical treatment, including many routine procedures.

Being admitted to hospital in Kazakhstan

Ambulance services are:

  • not present throughout the country or are unreliable in most areas except in major cities.
  • not equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment.
  • not staffed with trained paramedics and often have little or no medical equipment.

Injured or seriously ill travelers may prefer to take a taxi or private vehicle to the nearest major hospital rather than wait for an ambulance.


Buying medication in Kazakhstan

Some prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines are not widely available in Kazakhstan.

Always carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. Check with Kazakhstan’s National Center for Expertise to ensure the medication is legal in Kazakhstan

Important numbers in Kazakhstan

For emergency services in Kazakhstan call the Rescue Service by dialing 112.

Other provider numbers are:

  • 101 for Fire 
  • 102 for Police
  • 103 for Emergency Medical Assistance
  • 104 in the event of a gas leak

Source: US Department of State