Everybody who lives and works in Austria has to pay health insurance, which is part of the country's social security system. This covers basic medical services and visits to the dentist, as well as hospitalisation and medicine. It is also possible to include non-working relatives and children in your health insurance. The doctors you may consult depend on your health insurance.
In case you are insured via the public health authority Gebietskrankenkasse (GKK) you may consult doctors that are registered with the GKK for free. You will need to bring your e-card for every visit. It is also possible to get private medical care (Wahlarzt).
In this case you pay the doctor directly and depending on your insurance, you may claim costs of your consultation, at least partially. Also the GKK reimburses a part of the costs of a GKK-Wahlarzt.
Hospitals and physicians generally do not accept credit cards. Prescription-free drugs can be obtained in pharmacies (Apotheke). The same pharmacies also sell prescription drugs. There is no over-the-counter sale for drugs that are only available by presription in Austria. The cost of the latter includes a prescription fee (currently 5,40; November 2014). Prescriptions can only be issued by doctors, following a visit.
In cases of serious medical emergency dial 144 for help Emergency doctors: also follow the link.
Search for a doctor here.
In emergency cases you may also get medical attention in hospitals. In this case please go to the department for accidents/Unfallabteilung.
Searching for a Doctor
You may find foreign language doctors here.
The search option allows you to specify and choose between different specialists (Internal medicine (Internist), General Practioners (Allgemein Mediziner)..., location and language.
The result should be the doctor of your choice closest to your home.
If you have problems or doubts, do not hesitate to contact CIC for help.
Doctors - translation
Please find some translations of specialists:
Eye specialist/oculist = Augenheilkunde und Optometrie, Augenarzt
General practioner = Allgemeinarzt/Allgemeinmediziner
Orthopaedic surgeon = Facharzt für Orthopädie
Ear, nose & throat specialist = Hals- Nasen- Ohrenarzt
Surgeon = Chirurg
Dermatologist = Facharzt für Haut- und Geschlechtskrankheiten
Gynecologist = Frauenarzt, Facharzt für Frauenheilkunde und Gebursthilfe
Pediatrician = Facharzt für Kinder- und Jugendheilkunde
Internist = Internist (Facharzt für innere Medizin)
Dentist = Zahnarzt (Facharzt für Zahn-, Mund- und Kieferheilkunde)
Accident surgery = Unfallchirurgie
Hospital = Krankenhaus
Special Theme: FSME
Large areas of Austria are at Early Summer Meningoenzephalitis (FSME) risk at certain times of the year.
FSME is a virus that can be transferred through tick-bites. Austria officially recommends active immunisation through vaccination. Before vaccination doctors should be consulted.
Special Theme: Cold Temperatures
Cold temperatures also reduce the humidity content of the air and skin dries out. If your skin has previously not been exposed to such a climate you can protect your skin by applying aliphatic skincare products, which means those made from non-aromatic carbon compounds.
If your hands or feet catch cold, or even freeze, never put them under hot water or on heaters.
Warm shoes with thick soles and warm gloves are a must for people who are sensitive to cold temperatures!
On skiing pistes children have to wear helmets (up to the age of 14).