How to choose a pharmacist?

This document describes how to find a pharmacy in Belgium (more specifically in Leuven) and what you need to know before choosing one.

Action steps

  • To find a list of all pharmacies in your neighborhood, go to (choose ‘apotheek in mijn buurt’ on the homepage)
  • Outside the office hours you can find the pharmacy ‘on duty’ via (check ‘apotheek van wacht’ on the homepage) or call 090399000 (EUR 1.50/min)
  • Present your doctor’s prescription together with your eID to the pharmacist.
  • If you have an EHIC card, pay for the totality of the medication, get your prescription stamped by the pharmacist, ask for a receipt and submit all these documents to your Belgian health insurance fund (‘ziekenfonds’)
  • If you have a Belgian health insurance fund, pay the bill presented by the pharmacist. The reimbursed part will already be deducted from the total amount (your pharmacist will settle the remaining amount directly with the health insurer)

Attention points

  • Pharmacies can be recognized by the green neon cross outside their building
  • Opening hours are usually office hours from Monday to Friday and on Saturday mornings
  • Non-prescription medicines are not refunded but those prescribed by a medical professional almost always are, either entirely or partially (some only up to 20%)

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