Overview of the Luxembourg healthcare system

General information about healthcare in Luxembourg

Luxembourg has a solid healthcare system. With high-quality preventive care and good coverage of healthcare costs, Luxembourg ensures the well-being of its citizens. Here you can find out more about the main features of Luxembourg's healthcare system and how it contributes to the overall health of the country's residents.

Universal healthcare in Luxembourg

Luxembourg's healthcare system is based on the principles of universal coverage, accessibility and equality for all citizens. Every resident has access to healthcare services, regardless of income or employment status. Healthcare coverage is efficient.

What's more, residents benefit from prompt, comprehensive care. The medical professions and nursing staff are competent and committed to their mission. As a result, and thanks to a high quality of life, Luxembourg residents enjoy some of the highest life expectancies in Europe. According to the latest study published by the World Health Organization, women live to 86 and men to 81.

Compulsory health insurance for Luxembourg residents

To ensure this level of benefits, health insurance is compulsory. All residents must register with the CCSS Centre Commun de la Sécurité Sociale. They will then be able to benefit from the services of the "Caisse Nationale de Santé" (CNS).

Health insurance is financed by a combination of employer contributions, employee contributions and government subsidies. This system ensures that all citizens have access to the necessary health services, regardless of their income or employment status. This is one of the key points of the healthcare system, and a point of attention for newcomers.

If health insurance is compulsory, the cost of taking out health insurance can be deducted from your tax return.

Health care reimbursement in Luxembourg

In fact, citizens benefit from optimum reimbursement of a number of medical and healthcare expenses. The public health insurance system, managed by the Caisse Nationale de Santé (CNS), is highly efficient for basic healthcare. Those wishing additional coverage can take out supplementary private health insurance.

Preventive care and health promotion

To maintain the well-being of its population, Luxembourg attaches great importance to preventive care and health promotion. Public health programs focus on disease prevention and health education.

Citizens have access to regular screenings for a range of conditions, including cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

In addition, the government actively encourages healthy lifestyle choices through awareness campaigns. Education is aimed at promoting healthy nutrition and reducing tobacco and alcohol consumption. Wellness and relaxation are part of everyday life.

Comparing healthcare in Luxembourg with Europe

A study entitled "Panorama on Health: Europe 2022" published by the OECD gives a good account of Luxembourg's healthcare system.

Luxembourg, along with Norway, is the only country where life expectancy is increasing. A Luxembourg resident has a life expectancy of 82.6 years. Luxembourg has one of the lowest death rates from heart attacks, with 59 deaths out of 100,000.

However, more needs to be done on the diet front. 48% of adults do not eat fruit and vegetables every day. 20% of children and teenagers are overweight, compared with 15% five years earlier.

High-quality medical infrastructure

Luxembourg's healthcare system offers high standards of medical care. Facilities are modern and healthcare professionals well trained.

Luxembourg has a well-developed medical infrastructure withmodern hospitals, clinics and healthcare centers. Equipment is state-of-the-art, enabling us to treat a wide range of pathologies.

The healthcare staff is made up of qualified professionals committed to providing exceptional care. In addition, Luxembourg's location within Europe and its economy mean that medical staff and practitioners from neighboring countries are readily available.

Medical care in Luxembourg

General practitioners provide primary healthcare services in Luxembourg. They are the first point of contact for patients. They provide preventive care, and diagnose and treat illnesses. They refer patients to specialists if a dignistic or more in-depth medical follow-up is required.

Emergency care in hospitals and clinics is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Luxembourg. Patients can call the emergency services by dialing 112. Hospital services offer high-quality care facilities, with fast, efficient follow-up.

Pharmacies dispense prescription drugs. Patients pay a small co-payment for each prescription. Pharmacies also sell over-the-counter medicines and parapharmacy products.

Luxembourg patients benefit from high-quality dental care. However, depending on the type of treatment, prostheses, for example, may be poorly covered. We advise you to take out private insurance to improve coverage for orthodontic treatment or visual prostheses.

Psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals provide mental health services.

For medical emergencies and all vital emergency assistance, call 112.

The emergency number is free of charge and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Portail Santé.lu, the reference site for healthcare in Luxembourg

The Sante. lu portal was launched in 2009 by the Ministry of Health. It brings together all information on the subject of health in Luxembourg. Useful for both individuals and professionals, you'll find a wide range of information.

Prevention tips and health files

Santé.lu offers preventive health advice by theme or age group. You'll also find in-depth dossiers on health, as well as explanatory sheets on diseases or ailments with symptoms. The site presents the causes and practical advice for preventing or curing illnesses.

Practical information on the healthcare system

Sante. lu also explains how medical care is reimbursed. In addition, it presents all the players in the health and social sector. Visitors to the site will find information on working in the healthcare professions in Luxembourg, as well as the regulations and qualifications required to work in the healthcare professions in Luxembourg. Job seekers will also find job offers in the healthcare sector.

Health news in Luxembourg

On santé.lu, you'll find news and health information such as food product recalls, the heatwave plan, the calendar of health-related events, etc.

Legislation relating to the health and medical sector, health policy in Luxembourg, health plans, health publications and the prevention and health promotion campaigns run by the Ministry and the Health Department are also among the information available on the site.

The corresponding sante.lu app is available on smartphones and tablets.

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