Doctors, general practitioners and specialists : making an appointment
If you become ill or need to consult a doctor, it is advisable to consult a general practitioner first, who will advise you to consult a specialist doctor if necessary. In Luxembourg, you can make an appointment by calling the switchboard of your practitioner.
Finding a doctor, a dentist or chemist is easy: consult the official register of official doctors via the Luxembourg medical board.
Some practitioners are also listed in online directories (Doctena.lu), which means you can do a personalised search (area of expertise, location, languages spoken by the doctor, etc.) as well as making an appointment online.
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Take note that if you cancel less than 24 hours prior to your appointment or d’on’t show up on time you may be charged!
In Luxembourg, it is not necessary to get a prescription from your general practitioner to see a specialist doctor and be reimbursed.
To be reimbursed for medical expenses paid, you will need to register with the CCSS, (Common Centre for Social Security) and your Caisse de Santé, as soon as you arrive in Luxembourg
Doctors on duty: need a doctor at night or on weekends?
Medical consultations in the evening or on weekends
You need a doctor at night or on the weekend? Is your doctor’s office closed and you need a medical opinion or consultation? Doctors and dentists only consult during the week. There is not really a doctor on call in Luxembourg. It is the medical houses that provide a replacement service for general practitioners for night care, weekends and public holidays when doctors’ surgeries are closed.
Medical Houses are a replacement service when doctors and medical centers are closed. In case of fever, angina, cold, gastrointestinal disorders, pain, lumbago, small cuts etc., the patient can go to Medical Houses instead of waiting hours at the emergency rooms at the hospital, which are not dedicated to little sores.
When medical houses are closed you must call the 112. Your call will be passed on to the doctor on call at the Medical House who will call you back as soon as possible. The doctor could make home visit if they deem it to be necessary according to the situation or decide to let you go to the hospital.
Be aware that, even though these centres offer medical care when doctors practices are closed, they should not be considered as emergency services. In the event of a medical emergency or after midnight you should always call 112 directly.
3 « Maisons Médicales » are available in Luxembourg
- Luxembourg- city, Gare district 59, Rue Michel Welter, L-2730 Luxembourg.
- Esch/Alzette in the south of the country : 70, rue Émile Mayrisch, L-4240 Esch/Alzette.
- Ettelbruck in the north of the country : 110, avenue Lucien Salentiny, L-9080 Ettelbruck.
Opening hours of Medical Houses
- Monday to friday: 8 pm to 7 am
- Saturday, sunday and public holidays: from 8 am to 7 am of the following morning
Medical care abroad
Except in the European Union where holding a European Health Insurance Card is sufficient in most cases, your medical expenses may be reimbursed in full or in part, except in special cases, such as requesting medical care abroad. You will need prior authorisation from the CNS.
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Medical specialists and other professions for health care
The medical sector is very well developed in Luxembourg. In addition to general practitioners well established on the territory, many medical specialists and other professions related to health are present. It is relatively easy to get appointments, with more or less time depending on the specialty.
As for general practitioners, health expenses incurred with other medical professions or allied health professions can be covered by your health or complementary health insurance under certain conditions. One of the conditions is the medical prescription by your general practitioner. Find out beforehand whether or not to obtain this prescription.
To find a health professional in the field and specialty sought, ask your doctor who will recommend a specialist or book an appointment via the online platform www.doctena.lu, which will allow you to select the practitioner according to his specialty, his locality and the languages spoken.
You can also refer to the medical and para-medical associations below.