German Hospitals: Payment, Insurance and Quality of Care

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There are three basic categories of German hospitals: privately owned, charity funded and government funded. Unlike the U.K., Germany does not offer free healthcare and patients will need to either pay the costs themselves or via a previously set up insurance scheme in order to receive hospital treatment. This is still applicable even if the … Continue reading “German Hospitals: Payment, Insurance and Quality of Care”

Advice for Accessing Pharmacies and Medication in Germany

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Pharmacies in Germany, known as Apotheke, is the place to buy over the counter medicines and access prescription drugs. The Apotheke is easily found by the large red letter ‘A’ that is always displayed in the window.It is important that the Apotheke is not confused with the German drugstore, or Drogerie, as they do not … Continue reading “Advice for Accessing Pharmacies and Medication in Germany”

Understanding Private Health Insurance in Germany

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When it comes to health insurance Germany has two options: public and private. They differ substantially and need to be properly understood. Unlike public insurance, which is compulsory for anyone working in Germany, the private option can be accessed only by people who earn a monthly income higher than a set threshold and who have … Continue reading “Understanding Private Health Insurance in Germany”

What you need to know about health insurance Germany

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There have been changes in recent years to the health insurance Germany benefits from and people can take advantage of the government’s public health insurance (also known as the statutory system) as well as opt for private health insurance. Features of statutory health insurance Those who have health insurance cover through the country’s statutory system … Continue reading “What you need to know about health insurance Germany”

Freelancing in Germany: Have you got your Health Insurance?

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Since 2009 all workers in Germany, whether temporary or permanent, including freelance workers, are required by law to have a private or state health insurance policy in place in order to work in Germany: this includes foreign workers, whether they are EU citizens or otherwise. There are numerous national and international insurance companies offering healthcare … Continue reading “Freelancing in Germany: Have you got your Health Insurance?”

All You Need to Know About Supplementary Health Insurance Germany

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Why Get a Supplementary Health Insurance in Germany? Even though they have highly reputable public health system, many people choose getting a supplementary health insurance plan in Germany, for the added benefits. A private insurance often avails additional coverage options at very reasonable price, including the ability to take additional choices during the course of … Continue reading “All You Need to Know About Supplementary Health Insurance Germany”