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Healthcare in Germany

Health care in Germany Did you know that the health care system in Germany is one of the best in Europe? Sure, this country has an excellent system that allows people access to medical treatment when they need it. It is compulsory that people in Germany have insurance. The health care in Germany is definitely of a high-quality. The country is regarded to have short wait times and care with the best technology in well-equipped hospitals and clinics, where you can be attended for professional doctors. Here, let’s talk about the health care system in this country, some tips that can help to expats, and about some health professions and schools such as medical schools, dental schools and pharmacy schools in Germany.

Regarding the health care in Germany, if you want to get a medical treatment here, then you must know that there are different types of hospitals such as the Uniklinik (a state or school run hospital), which can be found in the main German cities as Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, etc. On the other hand, as in other countries, people can be attended in private clinics, with a high cost of course. There are also some non-profit institutions that provides of health care. The hospitals in Germany are well known by their high standard of medical care. They are modern and well equipped, and use the latest technology. That is not the only things, there are qualified and experienced medical professionals that work there. 

Health care system in Germany 

This country has one of the best health care systems in the world. All Germans have access to medical care provided by public and private hospitals and clinics. Health insurance has been obligatory for Germans, since 2007. There are two types of health insurance in Germany:
  • The Public insurance (Law-enforced health insurance)
  • The Private insurance

Germans from 18 to 65 years are required to have insurance. Around the 85% of the population is covered by the Law-enforced health insurance, so they have a standard level of coverage. If you work in Germany and you earn less than EUR 48,600 per year, then you are a compulsory member of the public health insurance system, so you will be required to enroll in a sickness fund. Employers and employees provide the funds for health care, paying to one of the “sickness funds”. On the other hand, people who earn more than EUR 48,600 can choose to join some sickness fund by themselves or opt for buying private insurance.

Tips for travelers

  • Before traveling it is advisable to get checked and some clinical analysis. You can find some information like your fitness with online tools that calculate some interesting index like the Basal Metabolic range here, your body fat, or your optimal weight and activity levels.
  • In case of emergency, you can make a free call, even from public phones to 112.
  • If you need to get urgent medication out of hours, visit the Apotheken-Notdienst (emergency pharmacy).
  • If you have your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), then you can get free medical treatment or at a reduced cost.

Hospitals

Any time you need to take a trip to a hospital it can be unnerving and stressful. Finding a hospital that can provide you with the medical staff and treatments you need is a way for you to feel more confident and comfortable in the decisions you make. Using an online hospitals guide is one way for you to find a hospital that is right for you regardless of your location and the emergency you are handling.

 

What is an Online Hospital Guide?

An online hospital guide includes detailed information about specialists, medical professionals and other types of treatments or procedures that are offered and available at each hospital near you. Using an online hospital guide is ideal whether you are searching for a facility for a specific surgery or if you want to review all of the hospitals near you before visiting one for a checkup or an emergency situation.

Using an online hospital guide is ideal whether you are faced with a serious injury or if you simply want to get a second opinion for an illness, disease or another type of ailment you already have.

 

Staff

Using a hospital guide online is a way for you to learn more about the medical staff that is currently working in each hospital nearby. You can also read more about the type of treatments and specialists who work out of nearby hospitals if you are searching for a specific type of doctor for your ailment, injury or illness.

 

Research

You can also use an online hospital guide to review the type of research that is conducted out of each facility. Finding a hospital with the latest technology and modern procedures is a way for you to feel more comfortable taking your own family there for any reason.

Using an online hospital guide is a way for you to gain insight into various local hospitals near you and how they can assist you and your family.


Health professions

Such a good health care service in Germany is also thanks to the professionals in health, that work in hospitals and clinics. Where are they trained? well, Germany has excellent universities and schools where they acquire the required and needed knowledge and skills. The following are some of these professions:

Medical schools

Medical schools in Germany

In Germany, a medical career takes six years. In the first two years (Vorklinik), students take preclinical subjects such as Chemistry, Biology, Anatomy, etc. Then students must pass an exam to continue with the clinic part (Klinik), where they take three years of clinics subjects (internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, etc.) Finally, students must take a "Practical Year" in any hospital to obtain their degree. Two of the most well known medical schools in Germany are: The Medical School of Witten/Herdecke University (UWH), a private university in Witten, North Rhine-Westphalia, and The Medical School of Heidelberg, a public university in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg.
Pharmacy schools

Pharmacy schools in Germany

If your are looking for pharmacy schools, it is important to consider issues such as the accreditation and reputation of the school, the teachers’ experience, the school agreements with pharmaceutical companies for practical training, among others. In most pharmacy schools, pursuing this career takes four years; although you can study a technical career that takes less time.  Some universities with pharmacy schools in Germany are from the Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Bonn, University of Düsseldorf, among others.
Dental schools

Dental schools in Germany

Dental schools prepare students, giving them, scientific and practical knowledge in order they obtain a degree certificate to work at a hospital, at a private institution or independently. The career takes four years of study, and two years or more to have a specialty in endodontic, oral and maxillofacial, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, etc.  Some of the most well-known dental schools in Germany are those from The University of Saarland (Homburg), The University of Tuebingen, The Phillips University of Marburg, among others.



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