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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 designed specifically for expats and 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 their employer’s healthcare plan will probably cover them.
EU citizens can use their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to access state healthcare during a short-term visit. UK citizens can use their Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which replaced the EHIC for UK citizens post-Brexit. 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 Bruxelles
Saint-Pierre University Hospital
Address: Rue Haute 322, 1000 Bruxelles
UZ Brussels Hospital
Address: Laarbeeklaan 101, 1090 Jette
►See Healthcare in Belgium for more information on medical services in the country
►Getting Around in Brussels has information on city transport
"From 1 to 10, I give healthcare a 10. It’s brilliant!" Read more of Louise's opinions on Brussels in her Expat Arrivals interview.
"One day, when my one-year-old was throwing up so frequently I could not even get her in the car to go to her appointment, I called the hospital to postpone it a bit and the receptionist suggested I ring my local doctor who would surely do a house call. A house call! What could be more fantastic than that?!" Read more of American expat Michelle's interview.
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