In 2016, Luxembourg accident and emergency departments treated over 312,000 cases, of which 35% were considered low severity
Luxembourg’s health ministry is to launch an information campaign in September in a bid to reduce the strain of non-urgent requests on A&E departments.
In 2016, Luxembourg accident and emergency departments treated over 312,000 cases, of which 35% were considered low severity and could have been treated by a GP or at a Maison Medicale.
Discussing the matter in parliament on Monday, health minister Lydia Mutsch and social security minister Romain Schneider announced 32 measures to improve A&E.
One of the measures tackles the lack of awareness about alternative health services. An application to get an emergency appointment with a doctor, DispoDoc, is expected to be launched shortly and the government is providing financial support for group practices offering walk-in, early-evening and weekend consultations.
Among the other measures outlined on Monday include a pilot project for 2019 where the two major hospitals in the capital, the CHL and Robert Schuman, will both offer emergency services during peak A&E times, as opposed to operating alternate shifts.
Meanwhile, the ministers said there were no plans to close primary health care facilities in Wiltz, Niederkorn or at the Zitha Klinik in Luxembourg City.