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Health Care in Vienna, Austria

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Learn about the health system in Vienna: how it can and cannot be used by expats, nomads, retirees and others moving to and living in Vienna.

Health Care in Vienna - Health Care in Vienna, Austria

Vienna has a public and private healthcare system that provides quality medical care to its citizens and visitors. Austria's public healthcare system is called the Gesundheits- und Krankenpflegegesetz (GKK) and is used by both citizens and foreigners. People generally recommend using public hospitals in Vienna for serious medical emergencies and major surgery. Public hospitals in Vienna are well-equipped and staffed with experienced medical professionals. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Austria. However, many expats primarily use private hospitals for their medical needs. Private hospitals in Vienna are known for their excellent care and modern facilities. People recommend using private hospitals for serious medical emergencies and major surgery.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Vienna

Recommended clinics and hospitals in Vienna include:

  • AKH Vienna (public hospital), located in the Alsergrund district
  • Wilhelminenspital (public hospital), located in the Mariahilf district
  • MedUni Vienna (public hospital), located in the Meidling district
  • St. Anna Children's Hospital (public hospital), located in the Landstra├če district
  • Lainz Hospital (private hospital), located in the Penzing district
  • Donauspital (private hospital), located in the Brigittenau district
  • Krankenhaus Hietzing (private hospital), located in the Hietzing district

If there are few or no hospitals in Vienna, expats in Vienna may go to hospitals in nearby towns such as Baden (25 km away by car) or Krems (50 km away by car).

Emergency Services in Vienna

Vienna has an ambulance service that can be called by dialing the emergency number 144. Ambulances usually arrive quickly, but there may be delays depending on the situation.

Health Insurance Companies in Vienna

The most popular private health insurers in Vienna are BVAEB, Wiener Gebietskrankenkasse, and SVA. Expats and digital nomads typically use these companies or specialized expat health insurance providers.

Insider Tips from Expats in Vienna: Health Care

"Vienna offers a wide range of medical services for its citizens and visitors. The city is home to a number of hospitals, clinics, and medical centers that provide comprehensive care for a variety of medical needs. Vienna also has a number of specialized medical facilities, such as cancer centers, fertility clinics, and rehabilitation centers. In addition, Vienna has a number of pharmacies and medical supply stores that provide access to medications and medical supplies. Vienna also has a number of medical research centers and universities that offer advanced medical training and research opportunities," commented one member living in Vienna, Austria.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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