Health expenditure in the Grand Duchy amounted to 6.9% of GDP in 2012, according to figures produced by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Compared with other WHO member states, the Grand Duchy is among the highest spenders on health care per capita.
The Grand Duchy currently has 18 hospitals, with a total of more than 3,000 beds. There were 5.4 hospital beds per thousand inhabitants in 2010, more than the average for OECD countries (4.8 beds).
In 2011, the Grand Duchy had three doctors per thousand inhabitants, below the average for OECD countries (3.2). However, the Grand Duchy has a large number of nurses: 12.1 per thousand inhabitants in 2011, well above the average for OECD countries.
Emergency treatment, duty doctors and dispensing chemists, and medical centres
Consult the Emergencies and On-Call Doctors, Chemists and Hospitals page on the website of the Rescue Services Agency for information on:
- 112: the number to call in an emergency if anyone is injured;
- 113: the number to call in an emergency if no-one is injured;
- 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.
Three medical centres (maison médicales), in Esch-sur-Alzette, Etttelbruck and Luxembourg City, operating as a GP surgeries, provide on-call medical care outside normal consulting hours, i.e.
- in the evening (from 8 p.m. to midnight);
- during the 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).
Integration of the disabled
There are very 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 Organisation for Food Safety and Quality (Organisme pour la sécurité et la qualité de la Chaîne alimentaire, OSQCA) is reponsible for coordinating the various authorities which carry out official checks on the food chain in the Grand Duchy. OSQCA is the editor of a website on food safety 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.
Find more information on the 'Hygiene and food safety' pages of the Health Portal!
Assistance and care at home
The Grand Duchy has an extensive network of assistance and care at home. Since 1 January 1999, the cost of care and assistance at home has been covered by the social security system, through dependence insurance.
Find more information on home-based care on the Health portal!
Drugs and addiction of various kinds
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 Health Portal is aimed at the general public and at 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 Health Directorate.