The Grand Duchy seems to spend very little on health care. Thus, Luxembourg is ranked 114th in terms of GDP spending on it, which means 5.5%.
But here is an irony. If you look at the 2022 Bloomberg Global Health Index, Luxembourg ranks 11th among the healthiest countries.
Moreover, in Luxembourg, the average value of spending per capita comes to $5813 for 20 years (from 2000 to 2019).
Thus, the quality of the health care services provided in the Grand Duchy is the highest. All citizens have free access to the public health system. It includes public health centers and hospitals, pharmacies, patient care services. You can ask for help in private medical offices. Also, they are overwhelmingly accredited by the National Health Fund (CNS).
There are many reasons for this. Let us tell you about only the most significant ones.
All major hospitals in the Grand Duchy have a maternity ward, a department of obstetrics and gynecology.
A woman can get advice from the following specialists:
You can choose a gynecologist at the Medecins Specialistes.
If a woman is going to give birth for the first time, she will be advised not to give birth at home. Under Luxembourg law, obstetricians must not deliver babies at home when it is the first child. However, these restriction does not apply to subsequent births, and you can rely on an obstetrician’s expert assistance.
Most of the costs for pregnancy are covered by national health insurance. But the insurance does not cover home births.
The CHL Central Hospital even allows giving waterbirths. There is a special room in the maternity ward.
Moreover, expectant mothers can enroll in courses for pregnant women. They will be taught the basics of childcare and prepared for childbirth there.
There are at least two clinics for emergency medical care for pregnant women.
2, rue Federspiel, L-1512 Luxembourg
Gynecology: +352 4411-11
Obstetrics: +352 4411-3204
5, rue Edward Steichen, L-2540 Luxembourg
Mothers and babies are usually discharged from hospitals after three days. However, if the birth was an outpatient or the new mother wants to be discharged, she can be released earlier. The newborns and their parents are entitled to the obstetrician’s assistance. The assistance is a minimum of 3 doctor’s visits.
When the birth certificate is brought to the maternity ward, a woman is discharged. It is usually received by the father. To obtain the document, the baby must be registered. This generally takes three days after the birth. However, this period is determined by the maternity hospital, which discharges the mother and her baby.
The law prohibits carrying babies in arms. Before the discharge from the maternity hospital, the staff will clarify how you will carry your baby and whether you have a special chair for it.
Emergency contraception is available with no prescription.
Artificial termination of pregnancy is allowed on medical indications. Or within 12 weeks after conception. After this period, you can have the abortion only if doctors determine a danger to the mother or fetus.
Children under 29 are covered by the insurance plan of their parents who make payments. Since the age of 30, co-insurance can be available only if CNS permits this and if the child goes into higher education.
Parents can choose a pediatrician themselves. You can find the specialist on the doctena website.
It is not necessary to vaccinate children. But you can vaccinate a child free of charge against hepatitis B, rubella, diphtheria, poliomyelitis, tetanus, mumps and measles.
You can call a doctor for a home visit. But you should keep in mind that doctors visit patients only at certain times of the day.
You can get emergency medical help in children’s hospitals. They take care of both babies and children of any other age, up to 14.
HÔPITAUX ROBERT SCHUMAN
5, rue Edward Steichen
Emergency calls: +35224685540
4, rue Ernest Barblé
Emergency calls: +352 4411-6148
The Portal of the Ministry of Health makes medical care more accessible to the country. It helps to find skilled experts and provides important information on health matters.
The website offers materials that can be useful to persons who care about their well-being.
You can find the addresses of the emergency centers on the portal. Here are just some of them.
Luxembourg, CENTRE HOSPITALIER DE LUXEMBOURG (CHL)
4, rue Ernest Barblé
(+352) 44 11 11
Emergency calls: 4411-2132
Luxembourg, HÔPITAL KIRCHBERG
9, rue Edward Steichen
Emergency calls: +35224681
Ettelbruck, CENTRE HOSPITALIER DU NORD ETTELBRUCK
120, avenue Salentiny
Dudelange, POLICLINIQUE DUDELANGE
Rue de l’Hôpital
+352 57 11-1
Emergency calls: 5711 73400
If you get sick on weekends, you will definitely get help. The Grand Duchy has created maisons medicales for this. These are dedicated centers that provide non-emergency treatment when other medical offices are closed.
If you need emergency aid, you should call an ambulance (112). In case of general ailments, you can get help from maisons medicales from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.
There are three such health-care centers in the Grand Duchy:
Hospitals in Luxembourg are easy to find: you can see the letter H on a blue background on the building’s face. The list of clinics and hospitals.You can identify a pharmacy by the green cross. Their open hours are scheduled like those of stores, but there is always a duty pharmacist on weekends and after hours. They are responsible for dispensing drugs, so they may ask about symptoms even if you have a prescription from a doctor. The map of duty pharmacies.