Health

"Health at a Glance 2017": the Luxembourg National Health Fund is the most generous

In 2017, the Luxembourg National Health Fund covered 98.6% of households' medical expenses. This corresponds to a total amount in the region of €2.59 billion, according to the report on the 2018 budget for health insurance and maternity coverage.

28-health"Health at a Glance 2017" is a 226-page report containing several new indicators, especially relating to risk factors for health.  The one area where Luxembourg particularly stands out is its health insurance system. The share of medical expenditure covered by households is just 1.4%, the lowest proportion of all the OECD member countries. 95.2% of inhabitants are covered by health insurance.

In general, Luxembourg, together with Norway, Switzerland and the United States, is one of the countries that spends the most on health care (6% of GDP).

Main causes of mortality

Life expectancy in Luxembourg stands at 80 for men and 84 for women. The two main causes of death in the country are diseases of the circulatory system and cancer. On average, more than one in three deaths is caused by a cardio- or cerebrovascular disease, and one in four by cancer. Diet, smoking and alcohol consumption play a significant part in this telling figure. The death rate after a heart attack is 7.3%.

Bad habits

14.9% of the Luxembourg population smokes – that's twice as high as the rate in Mexico. The number of litres of alcohol consumed per capita per year is 11.1 – almost a litre every month. With an obesity rate of 22.6%, Luxembourg is well over the OECD average, which stands at 19.4%.

Upping fruit and veg intake

With regular consumption of fruit (47.5%) and vegetables (52.2%) coming in under the OECD average (56.8% and 59.8% respectively), Luxembourg is not getting its share of vitamins. Despite this, 70.4% of Luxembourgers consider themselves to be in very good health (compared with an OECD average of 68.2%), and just 8.7% see themselves as being in very bad health. Finally, 62.6% practise a sport on a regular basis.

(Article written by the editorial team of the luxembourg.lu portal / Sources: OECD/CNS)

  • Updated 30-11-2017