Hospitals and Pharmacies

Understand what costs to expect if you are hospitalised or prescribed medication and how to find your nearest 24 hour pharmacy in Belgium...

A comprehensive list of hospitals in Belgium is provided by the Belgian Hospital Association.

Hospital care in Belgium is not free. Most inpatient care carries a fixed daily fee. The fee varies according to the financial and social situation of the patient (for example, those who are unemployed will pay less) and the duration of their stay (the rate dramatically decreases after the first day spent in hospital).

  • More information is available from Cleiss (Centre des Liaisons Européennes et Internationales de Sécurité Sociale/Centre for the Coordination of European and International Social Security)

Pharmacies and Medication

Most pharmacies in Belgium operate on regular working hours, with a number operating 24 hours a day.

  • Pharmacist/Chemist On Duty
    Tel: 09 001 05 00
  • Pharmacie/Apotheek website (French and Dutch only) – type in a postal code to locate the nearest 24 hour pharmacy

Medical prescriptions must be paid for on collection. The pharmacist issues a receipt for reimbursement purposes. While the cost of some drugs is fully reimbursed, others are only covered up to 20 percent.

  • For a detailed list of the pricing categories for medicine in Belgium, visit Cleiss (in French; select the 'produits pharmaceutiques' option)

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