The German healthcare system is very modern and offers a high quality of care. There are two types of insurance: statutory and private. Most people in Germany are covered under the statutory insurance. This is mandatory up to a specific income level. Those with higher incomes can choose whether they prefer to have statutory or private health insurance.
Health insurance covers the costs of medical treatment and therapy, medications and hospital stays. For certain services, the insured person is responsible for a small portion of the costs, the deductible (Eigenanteil).
Illness, accidents and emergencie
In case of illness the first physician you should see is a general practitioner. They will refer you to a specialist if necessary, who can carry out additional specialised tests. If you cannot go to a medical clinic, for example if you are sick outside of consultation times or on the weekend and require urgent medical care, go to your local urgent care clinic or on-call physician.
You can find out which local doctors and pharmacies are on call by calling the toll-free number 116 117 or in the local newspaper.
In particularly urgent, life-threatening situations such as heart attack, stroke or severe accidents you should immediately call emergency services. The emergency services (Rettungsdienst) phone number throughout Germany is 112.
Doctors who speak foreign languages
To find a doctor who speaks your language, use the doctor search tools of the association of statutory physicians or the Gesundheit Foundation (see links below). If you need to take medication that you can only have prescribed in your home country, you can get it from an international pharmacy using a European doctor's prescription.
The Welcome Centers, immigrant advisory offices, healthcare agencies, doctors and health insurance companies are happy to help you with any additional questions.