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Health Care in Vienna

Living in Vienna as an expat can be an amazing experience: a recent international comparison ranked Vienna second in the world for quality of life. In this guide, you’ll learn all about being an expatriate in Vienna, including education, transportation and healthcare.
Vienna offers excellent health care with over 40 hospitals and specialized services.

Doctor’s Appointments and Hospital Visits

The city offers excellent medical care for all citizens and expatriates. Medical services such as doctor’s appointments and hospital visits are free to anyone with valid Austrian health insurance: as we have pointed out in our article on working in Vienna, almost every employee is automatically covered by a public health insurance plan.

Additional insurance coverage is optional and not included in Austrian welfare state health care plans. Benefits include higher-quality hospital stays, as well as reimbursement of specialists’ fees.

In Case of Emergency

Vienna boasts several dozen hospitals, specializing in many different fields of medicine. Eleven of these clinics are run by the Vienna Hospital Association, many others are private institutions or run by various Christian associations. The largest general hospital is the Allgemeines Krankenhaus der Stadt Wien, or AKH.

In case of emergency, the ambulance service can be reached by dialing 144 on any phone in Austria, including cell phones. This number is always free of charge, as is the pan-European 112 emergency number. If you are in need of a doctor outside of their regular office hours, dial 141 in order to reach someone on call.

Pharmacies are very common in Vienna. They offer prescription medicine and over-the-counter drugs, most of which are readily available. Others can be ordered and picked up within hours. If you have a prescription, you can obtain your medication for a 5.55 EUR charge, no matter the actual cost — your health insurance will cover the difference. Additionally, every district has at least one pharmacy that remains open throughout the night.

Doctors and other medical staff often speak at least one foreign language, most commonly English. If you would like medical attention in your native tongue, you should consult your embassy.

Advice and Support for Expats

Expat living is not always easy, and you might need a helping hand when your new life in Vienna brings about unexpected challenges. Catering to the city’s many expatriates, Vienna has recently set up an Expat Center, where you will find lots of information and advice on expatriate life. From accommodation and registration to schooling and paperwork, the staff are prepared to answer your questions.


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