From cottage cheese and coffee to quiche and eclairs, find out what people in Russia, Switzerland, Australia, and more eat when they go to the hospital. 

By Elisabeth Sherman
Updated March 16, 2018
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Spain
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Going to the hospital can be a frightening and uncomfortable experience, so patients and their families take solace where they can—maybe in the friendly nurse who comes to check in, or in the hospital meal. Hospital food might not have the best reputation, but a warm meal during a stressful time can bring a surprising amount of comfort. Hospital food is also something just about nearly everyone on the planet has tried before—it’s one of those universal experiences that unites us as people. While most people have likely experienced a hospital dinner in their home country, they probably haven’t experienced one abroad. Still, the question might pique your curiosity: What do people in other countries eat when they have to go to the hospital?

The nurse training program Sunbelt Staffers recently collected data from “hospital patient catering menus” from countries around the world, and then recreated the meals hospital visitors are most likely to eat. You'll find familiar comfort foods like chicken pot pie and quiche served at hospitals, as well as fruit like papaya and apples. Some countries opt to include classic dishes on their hospital trays. For instances, in England your meal comes with tea, of course, whereas in Italy you'll be served gnocchi. Here's what 10 hospital meals in countries around the world, from Spain to Canada, look like:

America

America
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Chicken pot pie, broccoli, chocolate chip cookie, coffee

Spain

Spain
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Spicy sausage (chorizo) and pepper rice, fruit salad, orange juice

Switzerland

Switzerland
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Quiche, fig and walnut salad, éclair, apple juice

Mexico

Mexico
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Omelet with tomato and pepper salsa, chopped papaya, water

Germany

Germany
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Creamed beef, peas and corn, strudel, bread

Russia

Russia
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Buckwheat pudding, cottage cheese, coffee

Italy

Italy
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Gnocchi with tomato sauce, water, fresh fruit (apple and plum)

Canada

Canada
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Baked salmon, peas and carrots, corn, water

Australia

Australia
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Plum chicken, rice, chopped apple, cranberry juice

England

England
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Cornish pasty, savoy cabbage, rice pudding, tea