Luxembourg's health system is one of the best in the world. 95.2% of inhabitants are covered by health insurance.
In Luxembourg, life expectancy is very high. It stands at around 82.4 years according to a study conducted by Eurostat in 2018. This does not come as a surprise considering that the population's state of health is in close correlation with the medical system.
Health expenditure in Luxembourg amounted to 6.1% of the GDP in 2017, according to figures of the OECD's Health at a Glance: Europe 2018. Compared with other OECD member states, Luxembourg is among the highest spenders on health care per capita, i.e. 4,713 euros for 2017.
The Grand Duchy has four large regional hospitals, one general hospital, three national centres (radiotherapy, cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology, functional re-education and re-adaptation), as well as several specialised establishments (obstetrics & gynaecology, psychiatry, medium-stay) with a total of 2,621 acute care and medium-stay beds.
Luxembourg not only benefits from good coverage in terms of health facilities, but also from a large number of doctors. The number of doctors in the country actually doubled in the space of 20 years. According to the latest medical demography statistics, the Grand Duchy had 2,331 doctors (National Health Fund - CNS, 2017), general practitioners and specialists.
In terms of nurses, Luxembourg recorded one of the best rates among OECD member states, with 11.7 nurses per 1,000 inhabitants, according to a recent Insee study (National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies in France).
Emergency treatment, duty doctors and dispensing chemists, and medical centres
Check the Emergencies and On-Call Doctors, Chemists and Hospitals page on the website of the Rescue Services Agency for information on:
- 112: hotline for emergency services;
- 113: police hotline;
- the list of on-call hospitals;
- the list of on-call dispensing chemists;
- details regarding flooding ( water levels and preventive action in the event of flooding);
- a nuclear incident or accident.
For night or emergency care, patients can go to one of the three medical centres in Luxembourg City, Esch-Alzette and Ettelbruck.
They operate as GP surgeries and provide on-call medical care outside normal consulting hours, i.e.
- in the evening (from 8 p.m. to midnight);
- at night (from midnight to 7 a.m.);
- at the weekend and on public holidays (from 8 a.m. to 7 a.m. the following day).
Find more information on the Emergencies and On-Call Doctors, Chemists and Hospitals pages of the Health Portal!
Integration of the disabled
There are many associations in the Grand Duchy in the field of integration and improving living conditions for the disabled.
Politically, it is the responsibility of the Ministry of Family Affairs and Integration, through the Higher Council for the Disabled (Conseil supérieur des personnes handicapées), to devise policies in favour of the disabled.
The Disabled Workers Department (Service des travailleurs handicapés) at the National Employment Agency (Agence pour le développement de l'emploi, ADEM) works for the integration of handicapped people and their return to employment.
Service Info-Handicap is the disability resource centre for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Find more information on the ' Disabilities' pages of the Health Portal!
For matters concerning food safety, the Government Commissariat for Quality, Fraud and Food Safety ('Commissariat du gouvernement à la qualité, à la fraude et à la sécurité alimentaire') is responsible for coordinating the various authorities which carry out official checks on the food chain in Luxembourg.
The Commissariat is the editor of a website which provides consumers and professionals with information on food safety. Thanks to a rapid alert system, the general public is notified via the website if any problems involving foodstuffs arise.
Assistance and care at home
The Grand Duchy has an extensive network of assistance and care at home. There are currently 13 home care networks in Luxembourg. They work seven days a week all year round. The cost of care and assistance at home are covered by the National Health Fund ( CNS), through dependence insurance.
You can find more information on the Luxsenior website of the Ministry of Family, Integration and to the Greater Region. The website is mainly aimed at seniors and their close ones. It offers a wide range of information on active ageing and provides information on the various services that are available to elderly people living at home or in institutes.
Further information on home-based care can be found on the Health portal.
Drugs and substance abuse
The Luxembourg Information Network on Drugs and Addiction ('Réseau luxembourgeois d'information sur les stupéfiants et les toxicomanies', RELIS) publishes an annual report on the state of the drug phenomenon in the Grand Duchy.
On the Health Portal, you can find more information on illicit substances and addictions, prevention, assistance services for drugs, key figures, etc.
The Health Portal
The Ministry of Health launched the Health Portal in 2009; it brings together on a single website information of all kinds on health matters. The portal is aimed at the general public and professionals in the health sector.
The Health Portal brings together:
- advice on prevention;
- comprehensive articles;
- explanatory notes on diseases, examinations and analyses;
- details of the procedure for claiming the reimbursement of health expenditure;
- information about all the players in the health and social sector;
- information on practising as a health professional;
- news, a calendar of events;
- relevant legislation;
- various publications;
- campaigns carried out by the Ministry of Health and the National Health Directorate.