Liechtenstein has a state-funded healthcare system. The Ministry of Public Health is responsible for Liechtenstein’s health policy. The ministry also oversees and supervises public health services. Private healthcare services are also available.
Hospital patients are treated either in Liechtenstein’s own hospital or in one of the hospitals in the surrounding areas. Liechtensein has healthcare agreements with these hospitals over the border.
You can obtain medically necessary treatment by presenting the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), when you are temporarily staying in Liechtenstein. Medically necessary treatment refers to treatment that cannot wait for your return home. You may need such treatment in case of acute illness or accident. You can also receive treatment related to pregnancy and childbirth or to a chronic illness. The need for treatment must emerge during the course of your stay.
You will receive treatment on the same terms and at the same price as the locals. It is advisable to carry copies of your European Health Insurance Card with you, along with the card itself. If you didn’t have your EHIC with you or it was not accepted, and you were required to pay all the costs of treatment yourself, you might be able to apply for reimbursement from Kela retrospectively.
Consult a general practitioner who has a contract with the health insurance funds. Show your European Health Insurance Card and ID or passport at the appointment. A fixed basic fee is charged for treatment, which the Office of Health invoices retrospectively. The standard fee covers your treatment and doctors´ visits for one month. Treatment is free for persons under the age of 20, and pensioners pay half the fee. You can choose your general practitioner freely. You can consult a specialist if you have a general practitioner´s referral.
If you consult a non-contracted doctor, you will have to pay the full cost and will be only be reimbursed at 50 per cent.
There are no state-provided dental care services in Liechtenstein. Treatment provided by private dentists is not reimbursed, therefore you must pay the full costs at the appointment yourself.
Medicines are reimbursed in full if they are included on the list of reimbursable medicinal products. This applies to interchangeable medicines too. In any other case, you must your medicine costs yourself. Present your European Health Insurance Card and ID at the pharmacy.
There is only one hospital in Liechtenstein, in Vaduz. In general, you can receive hospital treatment if you have a doctor´s referral. Amt für Gesundheit must give approval for treatment. In addition to any referral you may have, present your European Health Insurance Card and ID at the hospital. You will then be charged a standard fee.
In urgent cases, you can go directly to the hospital. Present your European Health Insurance Card and ID as soon as possible at the hospital and ask them to contact Amt für Gesundheit.
Costs of transportation by ambulance and medical helicopter are reimbursed up to a certain amount. Any costs above this you must pay yourself.
Read more about suddenly falling ill in Europe.
Read more about reimbursement of costs of treatment abroad.
If you wish to travel to Liechtenstein for the purpose of using healthcare services, you can find general information on our site concerning seeking treatment abroad.
Quality and safety of treatment
In the event of treatment injuries, the legislation and patient insurance of the country providing the treatment is always applied. In case you are unhappy with the treatment you received, you should primarily try to sort the matter out with the treatment provider. The national contact point can help you with finding the right authority if you wish to make a complaint.