Country: Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a federal monarchy in Western Europe.  It has a population of about 11 million. The country is divided into the north region where Dutch is primarily spoken and the south region where French is mainly spoken. It shares borders with France, Germany, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Brussels is the capital.

How to access emergency services: Dial 112 or 100 for medical emergencies

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers:  Before traveling to Belgium, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.

Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expend­itures.

It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacu­ation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.

Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers

What to expect in a Belgian hospital: A doctor referral is not necessary. You can arrange to see a specialist of your choice at any hospital. Accident and emergency departments also offer immediate treatment, though you should not use this as a replacement for doctor’s care.  

In Brussels, the 11 largest public hospitals are organized under the Iris Association. It is necessary to pay a doctor for any health care provided, but you may be able to claim up to 75 percent of the costs on your insurance plan. The 25 percent is non-refundable in Belgium.  

Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance. 

JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Belgium: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.

Belgian-specific helpful health resources:

Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices.

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