Healthcare System in Belgium

Understand what to expect from the Belgian medical system if you're moving there to live and work or to retireā€¦

Healthcare in Belgium is considered to be of a very high standard and is funded by a combination of social security contributions and private health insurance.

It is compulsory for all residents to register with a social security organisation in order to receive medical care in Belgium. Registration is essential for obtaining a Carte SIS (Social Identity Card), which is a required when visiting a doctor or getting medication from a pharmacy. Once a resident has registered, all dependents (such as children or a non-working spouse) are automatically covered under the same social insurance scheme.

This section has details on registering for healthcare, the costs of medical care, finding a doctor, emergency care, pharmacies and medication.