Should you need to find a local doctor or pharmacy, consult this guide which contains a list of medical centers, including the Centre Hospitalier Luxembourg, to find one that suits your needs.
Luxembourg has one of the best healthcare systems in Europe. There are state-funded services available to all residents, including access to specialist and emergency treatment, through the insurance-based National Health Fund (Caisse Nationale Sante – CNS. If you’re a foreigner living in or visiting the country, you are entitled to access emergency services for free but you must have health insurance in Luxembourg to access non-emergency care if you do not have a job and are not paying social security contributions.
Should you need to visit a hospital or pharmacy, this guide provides information on types of hospital in Luxembourg, including topics such as:
- Conditions for visiting hopsitals in Luxembourg
- Recommended hospitals in Luxembourg
- Hospital costs
- Emergencies in Luxembourg
Hospitals in Luxembourg
Hospitals in Luxembourg are part of the state-funded CNS. There are no private hospitals in Luxembourg. Public hospitals in Luxembourg are easily visible with the sign of a large white H on a blue background. All general hospitals provide a range of specialist care, in-patient care, out-patient services, and maternity care in Luxembourg. However, not all hospitals in Luxembourg have emergency services. There are also specialist hospitals in Luxembourg (e.g., maternity, cardiology).
There are three classes of service in Luxembourg: first, second and third class. First class entitles you to a single private room, which costs extra unless you have premium private health insurance. Second class (which is the standard service) is a shared room with two or three other patients. Third class is a ward with more than three patients. However, this only occurs in circumstances where there are no other rooms available.
If you stay overnight, it is advisable to take your own clothes and toiletries. You should also bring money to pay for some of the private services and products (e.g., TV, bottled water) on offer.
Some of the staff speak English but there is no guarantee that there will be English-speaking staff available. The most common language in Luxembourg is French; if you are concerned about this, then you might want to have a few useful French medical phrases to hand. Read even more in our guide to French medical terms for some useful information.
Conditions for visiting hospitals in Luxembourg
You need a referral from a doctor to visit a hospital. However, you do not need a doctor’s referral to visit a specialist in a hospital and can make an appointment directly. All patients have the right to choose a specialist, as long as the treatment is available on the CNS. For some specialist treatments, there may be a waiting list and you may have to wait a few weeks for an appointment.
Hospital care through the CNS is available free to all residents, paid for by social security health insurance contributions. Insurance payments cover dependent family members. Children, students up to the age of 27 as well as those on low incomes do not have to make CNS contributions. Residents should take their social security card with them to appointments at the hospital in Luxembourg.
Non-residents and those in Luxembourg on short visits will need to take out private health insurance to access hospitals in Luxembourg. However, those on a temporary visit from the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland can use their European Health Insurance Card.
See our guide to healthcare in Luxembourg for even more information on the healthcare system. You can also see our guides to health insurance in Luxembourg and the European Health Insurance Card for more information.
Recommended hospitals in Luxembourg
You can also check the world hospital ranking list of hospitals in Luxembourg. The current highest ranking hospital in Luxembourg is the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg which ranks number 1,966 in the world.
Best hospitals in Luxembourg
- Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg
- Clinique Privee Dr E Bohler
- Centre Hospitalier Emile Mayrisch
- Centre Hospitalier du Nord
- Clinique Sainte Marie
- Centre Hospitalier du Kirchberg
Specialist hospitals in Luxembourg
- Centre Hospitalier Neuro Psychiatrique
- Institut National de Chirurgie Cardiaque et de Cardiologie Interventionnelle
- Centre Francois Baclesse Centre Nationale de Radiotherapie
- Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg Maternite
Hospital costs in Luxembourg
Treatment in hospitals in Luxembourg is free but the CNS operates on a system of reimbursements so patients have to pay upfront and then submit receipts to get the money back. Although treatment is free, patients (with the exception of children) are charged €19.92 per night for overnight stays and €⁄9.96 for a day visit.
Reimbursements are made (usually between 80 – 100% of the full costs) for things such as:
- medical care
- analysis and laboratory tests
- hearing, visual and speech aids
- travel costs
- medical devices
- maternity care
- rehabilitation costs
- funeral costs
There are a number of additional private services in hospitals in Luxembourg that have to be paid for, such as TV access, phone calls, and supplementary food and drink.
Private insurance for hospital treatment in Luxembourg
To access a single private room and additional services in hospitals in Luxembourg, you will need private health insurance. There are a number of expat-friendly international health insurance companies which offer different coverage packages, including companies such as:
Emergencies in Luxembourg
The medical emergency phone number in Luxembourg is 112. In Luxembourg, emergency care in hospitals is provided by the emergency department in the larger facilities and is known as cas d’urgence or spoedgeval. Emergency treatment is free, even to those lacking health insurance coverage, although charges apply if your situation is no longer urgent. However, emergency services are not available in all hospitals in Luxembourg and out-of-hours service rotates between regions. Schedules for emergency hospitals in Luxembourg are available in various places including local newspapers, doctors’ surgeries, and pharmacies as well as within the hospitals themselves.
See our guide to healthcare in Luxembourg for even more information on emergency services.