A Travelers Guide to Healthcare in Germany

The Cost of Healthcare in Germany

Most healthcare costs are covered by public and private insurance contributions. Over & above this, everyone pays a fee of EUR 10 -15 for their first medical visit each quarter.

Payment Methods Available in Germany

While cash and bank cards are accepted, most patients pay via bank transfer.

Visiting a Pharmacy

Pharmacies are called Apotheke and can be identified by a large red-letter A Pharmacies are open 9 am – 6 pm on weekdays and 9 am – 12 pm on Saturdays.

Pharmacies are not the same as drugstores

Drogerie do not sell medicine but toiletries and consumer items instead.

Visiting a Hospital

Hospitals are called Krankenhäuser and there are 3 types: •  Public hospitals •  Voluntary, non-profit    hospitals •  Private hospitals  By international comparison, hospitals in Germany are considered excellent.

Emergency & After-Hours Healthcare

Urgent medical treatment requires patients to go to the A&E or ER, which are called Notaufnahme. • Need an ambulance? Call 112 Other emergency medical numbers are: • Emergency doctors: 19 242 • Non-emergency doctors on call: 116 117

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