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Health Care in Antwerp

Learn about the health system in Antwerp: how it can and cannot be used by expats, nomads, retirees and others moving to and living in Antwerp.
|-Health Care in Antwerp

Antwerp offers a high-quality healthcare system that includes both public and private facilities. The public healthcare system, known as the Rijksinstituut voor Ziekte- en Invaliditeitsverzekering (RIZIV), is accessible to foreigners, including expats and digital nomads.

Belgium’s Healthcare System

Belgium’s public healthcare system, RIZIV, is funded through social security contributions and taxes. It is widely used by both locals and foreigners, including expats and digital nomads. Public hospitals in Antwerp are known for their high-quality care and are recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries. Public hospitals in Antwerp are well-equipped and staffed with highly trained medical professionals. Foreigners are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Belgium, but many expats also choose to use private hospitals for their healthcare needs. Private hospitals in Antwerp are known for their excellent care and are also recommended for serious medical emergencies and major surgeries. Private hospitals typically offer a more comfortable environment and shorter waiting times compared to public hospitals.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Antwerp

Some recommended hospitals and clinics in Antwerp include:

  • University Hospital Antwerp (UZA) – a public hospital located in Edegem, specializing in various medical fields
  • ZNA Middelheim – a public hospital located in Antwerp, offering a wide range of medical services
  • GZA Sint-Augustinus – a private hospital located in Wilrijk, known for its high-quality care and modern facilities
  • Antwerp International Clinic – a private clinic located in Antwerp, catering specifically to the expat community

Emergency Services in Antwerp

Antwerp has ambulance services available for emergencies. To call for an ambulance, dial the European emergency number, 112. Ambulance response times in Antwerp are generally quick, but delays can occur during peak traffic hours or in more remote areas.

Health Insurance Companies in Antwerp

Popular private health insurance companies in Antwerp include DKV, Partena, and CM. These companies offer a range of insurance plans to suit different needs and budgets. Expats and digital nomads living in Antwerp may choose to use these local insurance providers or opt for specialized expat health insurance providers that cater specifically to their needs.

Joshua WoodJoshua 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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