What is healthcare in Austria like?

Facilities and Health Information:

here are an adequate number of hospitals available in Austria. Local hospitals will not settle their accounts directly with American insurance companies. You must pay the bill to the local hospital and later claim a refund from the insurance carrier in the United States. Medicare payments are not available outside the United States.

The Austrian Medicine Import Act generally prohibits the import of prescription drugs into Austria, with two exceptions:

Travelers residing outside the European Union are allowed to carry with them (as part of their personal luggage) drugs and medicines, but only a quantity the individual requires during the course of the stay; and,
Travelers, while staying in Austria, may receive drugs and medicines for their personal use by mail. The quantity is limited to the length of their stay in Austria and must never exceed three packages.

We recommend you have either a prescription or written statement from your personal physician that you are under a doctor’s care and that the medicine is necessary for your physical well-being while traveling.

Public health in Austria is excellent. Community sanitation in Vienna meets or exceeds that of most U.S. cities. Disease incidence and type are similar to the rest of Europe and the United States. At the present time, air pollution is not a major health problem in Vienna.

Drinking Water Source - % of rural population improved"

100%

Drinking Water Source - % of urban population improved:

100%

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:

0.3%

Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population:

7.6

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

15,000

Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population:

4.86

Sanitation Facility Access - % of urban population improved:

100%

Sanitation Facitlity Access - % of rural population improved:

100%

Disability Access In Austria

Accessibility:

While in Austria, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from what you find in the United States. Austrian federal law mandates access to public buildings for persons with physical disabilities; as a result, accessibility has substantially improved in recent years. While many stores and restaurants in Austria still lack ramp or elevator access, most tourist attractions are accessible. A comprehensive assessment of public buildings, including tourist sites, restaurants, cafes, and hotels in Vienna, is available at the Vienna Tourist Information website.

Vienna Transportation:

Streetcars: Vienna’s streetcar fleet has been phasing in newer trains that are easily accessible for those who use wheelchairs. Approximately one-third of the fleet has been upgraded, although older trains with stair-like entrances are still quite common. Pedestrians need to be aware that streetcars operated on the Vienna circular ‘ Ring’ road run counter-traffic.
Buses: Public buses in Vienna are equipped with a “kneeling” capability, to permit easier passenger boarding. The center of each bus has generous space and is equipped with tether lines.
Subway stations: All subway stations in Austria have elevator access, although not at every entrance. Stations are also equipped with a ridged/raised surface to help guide sight-impaired passengers from the entrance to the platform.
Crosswalks: Motorists in Vienna are quite observant of local law and usually yield to pedestrians waiting to cross in designated “zebra” crosswalks. Major intersections also offer an audible cue for the sight-impaired to cross.
Guide dogs: Austria is a very dog-friendly country and dogs are welcome in almost every venue, including taxis, public transportation, stores, and most restaurants. In addition, guide dogs are also permitted in normally restricted venues, such as major tourist attractions.

For information regarding accessibility in other regions of Austria, please visit the Austrian national Council of Disabled Persons website, which dedicates an entire section to this topic.

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