Healthcare in Luxembourg: A Review

Healthcare in Luxembourg: A Review

The Luxembourg healthcare system is one of the most comprehensive systems in the world offering virtually unrestricted access to the Luxembourg population. It also ranks in the top five countries for per-capita healthcare expenditure. The total spending on healthcare is almost 8% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

One of the notable features about Luxembourg Healthcare is the universal coverage of the population by health insurance and mandatory dependent insurance and there is a free choice of providers for the patient to choose and direct access to specialists.

The Luxembourg healthcare system is well set up; nevertheless, behavioural changes, demands of the population and legislation are driving profound re-thinking and reorganisation of the local system.

Challenges faced by the healthcare industry include Shifting of demographics, resulting in ageing populations, Consumerism and rising cost of healthcare, Increase in public health spending and changes in finance and reimbursement policies, Convergence of different healthcare sectors, Difficulty attracting and retaining skilled workforces, Innovation and prevention of a need for treatment (e.g. personalised medicine), Implementation of the healthcare reform and governmental laws, Requirement to react to changes in European regulations.

Many healthcare systems around the world are facing similar challenges to Luxembourg. Even though the healthcare system seems well prepared, there are important global challenges that will certainly impact Luxembourg in the future.