The low personal contribution to medical costs is proof that solidarity is one of the distinctive signs of a system also characterised by:
Over the last couple of years, international performance comparisons have regularly ranked the Luxembourgish health system among the best and most generous, but also as one of the most expensive per capita, ranging 5th in the OECD Health Data report 2011.
The system remains quite hospital-centric; 5 general hospitals and 5 specialised hospitals (2 for acute care and 3 for reeducation) remain after a number of fusions undertaken during the last decade and guarantee a quasi complete medical coverage under the national hospital plan.
The emergency number 112 is the number to call for emergencies as well as for information on duty clinics and pharmacies.
For medical emergencies requiring hospitalization, the 5 general hospitals take turns in assuring a 24/7 emergency service.
For smaller emergencies not requiring hospitalization, the so-called Maisons médicales (Clinics) have GPs on duty.
Furthermore, the pharmacies assure regional emergency services outside of the standard opening hours.
A 24/7 emergency service is assured in turn by the 5 general hospitals. (Call the emergency hotline 112 for more information)
Clinics (Maisons médicales)
For emergencies that do not require a hospitalization, general practitioners in regional centres (maisons médicales) can be joined via the emergency number 112.
These centres are open during weekdays between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. and during weekends.