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By law, all employees and self-employed people must contribute to an insurance fund for their healthcare in Brussels as part of the normal social security enrolment process.
There are also special health insurance plans which have been designed specifically for expats and are valid in several countries. New arrivals should investigate whether they qualify for non-resident tax status. If this is the case, they may not be required to contribute to national social security, in which case they will probably be covered by their employer’s healthcare plan.
Most dentists do not accept state insurance, though some accept fractional payments from the state for dental care.
A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) also entitles European citizens working in foreign countries to the same treatment at the same cost as a national of that country. However, a card cannot be used within Belgium unless it has been issued elsewhere in the European Union. Ambulances are not part of the national healthcare plan but may be covered by private insurance for those who have it.
Below is a list of some of the most popular hospitals in Brussels for expats:
Hospitals in Brussels
Cliniques de l'Europe St Michel
Address: Rue de Linthoutstraat 150, 1040 Etterbeek
Address: Route de Lennik 808, 1070
Saint-Pierre University Hospital
Address: Rue Haute 322, 1000
UZ Brussels Hospital
Address: Campus Jette, Laarbeeklaan 101, 1090, Jette
►See Healthcare in Belgium for more information on medical services in the country
►See Getting Around in Brussels for information on city transport
"Q: How would you rate the healthcare in Brussels? A: From 1 to 10: 10. It’s brilliant!" Read more about Louise's opinions on Brussels in her Expat Arrivals interview.
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