Information for Patients
Germany has a universal multi-payer health care system paid for by a combination of statutory health insurance and private health insurance. In Germany, it is a legal requirement to have some form of health coverage, whether public or private, and it is even a requirement when starting a job. Public health insurance contributions are based on the worker's salary. Private insurers charge risk-related contributions. Germany has long had the most restriction-free, consumer-oriented and best quality healthcare system in the world.

Information for Health Care Professionals
Medical professionals who want to work in Germany have to acquire the 'Approbation', which is a medical license issued by the German state that permits doctors to work in their profession. It is valid across Germany and lasts a lifetime. There are various requirements attached to getting it. For a start, foreign doctors need to have a concrete job offer before applying. They will also need medical German at C1 level. And any qualifications gained abroad must be deemed equivalent to comparable German qualifications. Especially for medical diplomas issued in non-European countries, evaluation of the academic qualification can take a long time.

Information for Travelers
Everyone who enters Germany for whatever purpose or duration of time must be covered by adequate health insurance for the minimal coverage of €30.000. Visitors from the EU with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card have automatic access to state healthcare in Germany. Germany is an increasingly popular destination for medical travelers. Its high quality of care, strict ethical standards and quick access to specialists make it an attractive destination for treatments. Medical care in Germany also has an excellent cost-to-quality ratio and most doctors speak English.

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