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International Healthcare in Germany



Healthcare in Germany

The Germans usually live a fairly long life.  The average life expectancy here is projected to be 80 years old of age which suggest a good healthcare system.  Indeed, many specialist have attributed this longevity to a remarkably solid healthcare system.  The country has always placed importance to the health of its population and this could be traced back from the late 19th century.

 Private Health insurance in Germany is a must if you want to stay in this country.  Legislation requires that each individual has to be covered by some insurance plan by either the public or private providers under some conditions.

Public Healthcare system in Germany

 The public health-care system (sometimes referred to as simply the statutory) in Germany does not actually run any health-care program.  What it does, instead, is to make sure that national policies and regulations are adhered to.  This is a government agency funded using tax money.  With the inflation soaring in the country (especially with regards to medical expenditures), there is a strong sense within the population that the insurance premium will become ever larger over time.

Healthcare service in Germany

 As in the case of other western countries, doctors are aplenty in both the public and private healthcare sectors.  But for those who choose to work with the public medical facilities, they are not the government's salaried workers.  In fact, all doctors (both general practitioners and specialists) are considered self-employed professionals in this country.  The service-level (getting an appointment with a hospital and the wait time before a patient can be attended by a doctor) is generally considered reasonable and it is about on par with the standard one can expect in the US.

 The country's legislative framework also spells out clearly how many consultation hours can a doctor make himself available, if he is attached to a public hospital.  This directly put a cap on the doctor's prescriptions and possible income.  The number of pre-agreed consultations is worked out at the beginning of every quarter.

 House call is a common practice among the German doctors.  This is especially helpful for patients who could not make it to the hospital due to the constraints imposed by their health conditions.  Another practice that is common in Germany is that patients have to make that prerequisite visit to a general practitioner before they can be referred to a medical specialist.

The local health authority takes a two pronged approach to make sure of the medical well-being of its population; and they are early treatment and prevention.  For example, if a doctor feels that some form of medical condition is about to emerge within a patient, he or she will spare no effort to apply all relevant medical knowledge so that the condition could be stabilized or provide all necessary preventive measures lest the condition gets aggravated.  Let's assume a case of somebody who is undergoing a sudden or an abnormal weight gain.  The doctor concerned would want to offer advice on healthy diet so that the chance of obesity (or worse heart related disorder such as cardiac arrest) could be minimized.

 There is also long-term home care arrangement in Germany.  It is the most helpful arrangement one can find if the affected patient whose movement in and out of the household is severely restricted by the pre-existing condition.

 Before you make your trip to Germany, it will be prudent on your part to find yourself a dependable health care provider so that you can be protected from costs related to accident and incidental medical condition.  Please feel free to get in touch with our advisors and we assure you that we will guide you to the most suitable insurance coverage you are looking for.

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