German Hospitals are well known for their high standard of medical care:
- highly qualified physicians, who can practice as specialists in their field only after long and intensive training
- professional nursing that really cares about the patient’s needs
- modern medical equipment in the country, where they invent it
Important to know: The quality of service is under continuous government supervision - as is the price system which makes medical treatment in Germany interesting under financial considerations aswell. Waiting lists for necessary operations and treatments are, however, not a feature of the German system.
Many hospitals have established special companies or so-called private clinics within the hospital in order to provide services specially for international patients. These entities are used to side-step the official governmental DRG price system and market the hospital's services at substantially higher prices; frequently offering specially high hotel standard as the only add-on. Many other hospitals, which are by no means medically less competent, will however still treat international patients at official DRG prices; in this way the costs of international treatment in Germany can be reduced by 50% or more without compromising the quality of medical or nursing standards in any way. As there are more than 2000 acute care hospitals in Germany, it is not an easy task for a foreigner to understand which clinics offer services at which level. Also, the structure of services and the pricing system may not be easily understood by an outsider. This is where German Hospital Service can assist you with special expertise.
In this way, hospital treatment in Germany is not really a very costly affair. For emergencies, and for necessary treatment which is only available after long waiting periods for example in the UK, the costs will often be reimbursed by your own national social security health plan. There are rulings by European courts and national authorities that mandate this. In other cases, you will be a private patient (possibly with your private health insurance covering your costs) and specially welcome as VIP patient.
The legal framework of hospital finance in Germany makes it attractive for the clinics to service patients from abroad. Thus: German hospitals will do their best to make you feel well and get well.
And if you are interested in special surgery, like cosmetic operations, liposuction, gastric banding, or if you are thinking of getting a thorough check-up to be sure about your health: Germany as your health care provider is always a good choice.