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 APharmacies are open9 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