You can find doctors and specialists in your residential region on the Internet at:
- Yellow Pages
- Physicians registry
- Vorarlberg Physicians Association
- Vorarlberg regional health insurance VGKK
Before you go to any doctor in Austria, you must first phone and make an appointment.
In Austria, you have the right to freely choose a doctor. This means that patients can basically choose which (registered) doctor or other healthcare provider they want to be treated by. Patients can therefore decide for themselves whether they visit physicians with a health insurance contract (or contracted outpatient clinics) or doctors of their choice (elective doctors). For certain specialists, however, prior to the consultation, the patient must be referred by a general practitioner or specialist physician (referrals are required for physicians specializing in radiology, physical medicine, pathology and medical and chemical laboratory diagnostics).
What is the difference between contract doctors and elective doctors?
- Contract doctors have a contract with one or more health insurance providers. Insured persons will not charged for health care insurance-related payments using an e-card (exceptions: deductible for some "small" providers). However, not all medical services are covered by the health insurance companies; the patient must pay the cost of private services to the doctor.
- Elective doctors have no contract with health insurance providers. The fee must be paid to the doctor. A partial reimbursement can be applied for from the responsible health insurance provider by way of elective doctor offsetting (in general, only 80% of the amount that would have been incurred by the health insurance provider when using a contract doctor, is reimbursed). Prescriptions from elective doctors must be approved or "rewritten" by the health insurance provider in order to be able to receive the medication in the pharmacy against payment of the prescription fee. Note: As of January 1 2015, a regulation came into force that includes a limited prescription authorization of elective doctors. Furthermore, pharmacies are now predominantly taking over the formalities of the authorization, at least in the green area of the reimbursement code (freely prescribable medicines).
- At private practices, the patients have to pay the fees in full themselves.
HOSPITALS IN AUSTRIA
The largest hospital in the region is the Landeskrankenhaus in Feldkirch:
Tel: +43 (0) 5522 303 - 0
Fax: +43 (0) 5522 303 - 7500
Here you can find details of all the hospitals in Austria.
EMERGENCY NUMBERS/EMERGENCIES IN AUSTRIA
In an emergency or outside the normal consultation hours (especially in the night and at weekends), either drive straight to the nearest hospital or contact the responsible duty doctor. Every weekend, the local newspapers provide information regarding which doctor is on call, in the "Notarzt" section. Furthermore, the Internet platform Vorarlberg Online publishes up-to-date information on emergency services in your residential district.
The European emergency number 112
The telephone number 112 is the standard European emergency number and the first point of contact (Public Safety Answering Point – PSAP). Here, emergency calls are answered and the emergency information is forwarded to the appropriate rescue service, such as the police, fire department or ambulance.
Police emergency calls: 133
Fire department emergency calls: 122
Ambulance emergency calls: 144
Gas leaks 128
Poison information hotline 01/4064343
Health consultation over the phone 1450
Call telephone number 1450 (without dialing code from all networks) to obtain recommendations over the phone about what to do if you are suddenly concerned about your health or that of your loved ones. Quick and unbureaucratic assistance is provided. Thus, the health consultation over the phone is your personal guide through the health system and leads you to where you can obtain the best care at that particular moment in time.