Hospitals in Germany
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All in all, there are more than 2000 hospitals in Germany. About half the hospitals in Germany are public, with about 30 of them being university clinics. One third of the clinics are private but non-profit, while the other hospitals in Germany are for-profit clinics. Their numbers are increasing.

Medical facilities are usually modern and have high quality standards (especially those offering private health services). Staff and doctors are well-trained, and hospitals in Germany offer a great number of special treatments. You can also find many specialised physicians outside hospitals in Germany. Therefore, you don’t even have go to a hospital if you need to see an internist or radiologist. Normally, your general practitioner will write a referral if you are in need of special treatment; it is also your GP (and your GP only) who can send you to one of the many hospitals in Germany. Emergencies are excepted, of course.

Hospitals in Germany: Emergency Treatment
Please consider that small private hospitals in Germany might not have an emergency room. When you arrive at a clinic in case of emergency, you will normally receive treatment even if you do not carry a proof of health insurance with you. However, if you do not have any health insurance at all, stay and treatment are going to be very expensive. If you decide against a German health insurance plan, check with your insurance company at home whether they will reimburse you for medical treatment at hospitals in Germany.
Admission to Hospitals in Germany
No matter which kind of insurance you have: If you expect being sent to a hospital, you should enquire which treatments your company covers and which charges it pays for. Usually, hospitals in Germany charge their patients a daily fee of around 10€, in addition to any costs you may incur for diagnostics, surgery, etc. Depending on your personal health insurance plan, all these fees may or may not be reimbursed.
Patients with private healthcare, or a corresponding supplement to their public insurance plan, enjoy a number of other benefits as well. For example, you may stay in a single or double room instead of a small dorm with three or four beds. Moreover, patients with private healthcare can demand to be treated by one of the hospital’s chief physicians. Apart from that, medical treatment is identical, although there are some private clinics that are open only to patients with private health insurance.  
Even though your general practitioner admits you to a hospital, they are probably not going to treat you. Only some medical specialists offer their services to nearby hospitals; they take turns working at their own practice and as part of the hospital staff (
Belegärzte). If your doctor cannot treat you personally, don’t hesitate to ask if they can recommend you a surgeon. In case your surgery is considered less urgent (e.g. hip replacements) or requires special examinations (e.g. by magnetic resonance tomography), hospitals in Germany may put you on a waiting list.
When you go to hospital (unless it’s an emergency), you need to register at the reception with a proof of health insurance and an ID card or passport. Your bed has already been reserved by your GP.
Hospitals in Germany: Your Stay
Despite the mostly excellent facilities, some aspects of hospitals in Germany seem odd to foreigners. For example, there are no curtains around the beds. While receiving treatment in your room, you may be exposed to other patients. Furthermore, hospitals in Germany provide neither pyjamas nor towels. You should also remember to bring your bathrobe, toiletries, and a pair of slippers.
Breakfast is rather scarce with a cup of coffee or tea and a few slices of rye-bread. Prepare for early meals. Supper might be served as early as five o’clock. Most hospitals n Germany do have a cafeteria, though, and unless you are on a special diet, you are allowed to have private food and drinks in your room. Visiting hours may vary, and visits by small children are sometimes frowned upon.


Sometimes it may be necessary for you to be hospitalised while in Germany. There are a number of different types of hospitals in Germany. A
Universitätsklinikum (often referred to as a Uniklinik) is a state or school run hospital. They are found in most major cities. Other hospitals include non-profit institutions that may be affiliated with any number of different groups. And there are also private clinics and hospitals. German hospitals are modern, have and use the latest technology and provide top-notch medical care.

Hospitals normally accept all patients that have health insurance.

Only a doctor can authorise hospitalisation for a non-emergency condition. It's possible that patients may not be treated in the hospital by the doctor who has been treating them and who referred them to the hospital. This depends on the circumstances surrounding the hospitalisation and whether or not the referring doctor is a member of the hospital staff.
Germany is becoming increasingly concerned about the high cost of their health care system and, among other things measures have been introduced to cut the length of hospital stays. Nevertheless, a stay in a German hospital can be longer than stays in other countries. New mothers, for example, average six days in a German hospital compared to one or two days, barring complications, for those who stay in an American hospital.
Germans are not so concerned with privacy as are others. You probably won't be issued a gown during examinations, and there are usually no curtains around the beds. So bring a nightgown or pyjamas and a bathrobe. Nor do German hospitals very often issue towels. You are expected to bring your own. Other items it is wise to bring: slippers, soap, toilet articles and a washcloth. Don't take too much, though, as storage space is tight.
Meals and mealtimes at hospitals conform to what's usual in Germany. That big, hot meal of the day is served at midday rather than evening. Breakfasts will be rolls or bread with jam, honey, meat or cheese, while suppers will generally be bread, sausages, cottage cheese and tea. Supper is usually served early, perhaps even at 4:30. You are often given a choice of menus for your meals, and unless you're on a special diet you may keep your own food and (non-alcoholic) drink.
Visiting hours are usually from about 2 to 8 p.m., and German hospitals frown on visits by small children. You can get away with it, though, as long as other patients aren't disturbed. One parent usually can spend the night with a hospitalised child.
Smoking is prohibited in patient rooms. Patient rooms usually have two to four beds, and your roommates will always be of the same sex. Depending on they type of insurance coverage you have you can be assigned a private or semi-private room.
On departing from the hospital it is customary to leave a small consideration for the nursing staff. Fruit baskets, candy or baked goods will fill the bill, as will a "thank-you" card and €5 or €10 for the "coffee fund."
List of hospitals in Germany
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unknown Aachen: University Hospital Aachen – Aachen (German, English and French)

The Cardiovascular Centre of Excellence: is a cardiovascular Centre of Excellence between the University Hospital Aachen (UKA) and the University Medical Center Maastrich (Maastricht UMC+) on the Avantis Park on the Dutch German border between Heerlen and Aachen
 
unknown-2 Berlin: The MedicThe Cardiovascular Centre of Excellence – Maastrichtal University Hospital Berlin “Charité” – (Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin): has 4 majors University Hospital Centers (German, English, French and Russian):

Charité Berlin Buch (CBB) Experimental and Clinical Research Center Lindenberger Weg 80 13125 Berlin
Charité Campus Benjamin Franklin (CBF) Freie Universitätklinikum Hindenburgdamm 30 Berlin – Steglitz
Charité Campus Virchow-Klinikum (CVK) Faculty of Humboldt University Augustenburger Platz 1 Berlin – Wedding
Charité Campus Mitte (CCM) Faculty of Humboldt University Schumann Str. 20-21 10117 Berlin
 
unknown-3 Berlin: The German Heart CentreBerlin Deutsche Herzzentrum Berlin (DHZB) – Berlin (German, English, Russian and Arabic)

 
unknown-4 Bochum: The “Berufsgenossenschaftliches Universitätsklinikum Bergmannsheil”-The Teaching Hospital of the Ruhr University Bochum (NRW North Rhine-Westphalia state) ~55 Km from Düsseldorf International Airport.

 
unknown-5  Bonn: The University Clinic of Bonn – Bonn (~70 Km from Düsseldorf International Airport – ~130 Km from Francfort Airport).


 
unknown-6 Dresden: The University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden – Dresden (German and English).



unknown-7 Düsseldorf: Düsseldorf University Hospital (Heinrich Heine University) – Düsseldorf (German/ English/ Japanese) with International Office.



 
unknown-8 Erlangen – Nürnberg: The University Clinic of Erlangen – (Universitätsklinikum Erlangen – Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen – Nürnberg) – Erlangen.


 
unknown-9 Essen: The University Clinic of Essen (Universitätsklinikum Essen) -with foreign-patient-service – Essen.


 
 unknown-10 Essen: Ruhrlandklinik (Haus der Lunge)
 

unknown-11 Frankfurt am Main: Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Hospital –Frankfurt am Main (German, English, Turkish) (near Frankfurt International Airport


 
unknown-12 Frankfurt am Main: University Cancer Center UCT – University Frankfurt am Main, -  Universitäres Centrum für Tumorerkrankungen Frankfurt (Tumorzentrum Rhein-Main e.V.)



 
unknown-13 Freiburg: The University Medical Center Freiburg (Universitätsklinikum Freiburg) – Universitätsklinikum Freiburg ( German, English, French and Russian) with Office for International Medical Services and International Medical Development (IMS)
 


unknown-14 GiessenMarburg : Justus Liebig and Philips University Hospital Giessen – Marburg –


 
unknown-15 Göttingen: The University Medical Center Göttingen – Universitätsmedizin Göttingen (German, English)
 


unknown-16 Greifswald: The University Medicine Greifswald (German, English) – Universitätsmedizin Greifswald
 


unknown-17 Halle (Saale): The University Clinic of the Martin-Luther University Halle – Wittenberg’s Medical Faculty- The University Hospital – Universitätsklinikum Halle (Saale)
 


unknown-18 Hannover: Hannover Medical School + Hannover Biomedical Research School – Hannover (German, English) with International Patient Service
 

unknown-19  Hannover: Children Hospital “auf der Bult” Hannover – Kinderkrankenhaus auf der Bult – Hannover
 


unknown-20 Hannover: Hannover Clinical Trial Center (Clinical Research)- HCTC – Hannover(German, English)
 


unknown-21 Hamburg: The University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf – Hamburg (German, English)


 
unknown-22 Heidelberg: The University Clinic of Heidelberg (Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg) – Heidelberg (German, english)
 


unknown-23  Heidelberg: Heidelberg Ion-Beam Therapy Center-  HIT Heidelberger Ionenstrahl-Therapiezentrum - Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg
 


unknown-24 Jena: The University Clinic of Jena (Friedrich-Schiller-University) – Universitätsklinikum – Jena



 
unknown-25 Köln: University Hospital of Cologne (Uniklinik Köln) – Koeln / Cologne( German, English)
 


unknown-26 Leipzig: The University Clinic of Leipzig (Universitätsklinikum Leipzig / Hochschulmedizin Leipzig) - Leipzig
 


unknown-27 Magdeburg: University Clinic – Magdeburg Otto-von-Guericke-Universität (Medical Faculty) – Magdeburg
 Magdeburg: University Women’s Clinic- Magdeburg: University Clinic for Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endocrinology


 
unknown-28 Mainz: Die Universitätsmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz) – Mainz / Mayence (German, English)(30 Km from Frankfurt Airport
 


unknown-29 Mannheim: The University Medical Centre Mannheim with International Patient Office (German, English)
 


unknown-30 Münster: The University Hospital of Muenster (Universitätsklinikum Münster (UKM)) – Muenster( German, English) with international Patients Office
 


unknown-31 München: The University Hospital of Munich - Munich Bavaria (German, english, arabic and Russian) with International Medical Center.



 
unknown-32 München:The university hospital rechts der Isar – Klinikum rechts der Isar der TU München: The hospital rechts der Isar is a university hospital of the Munich Technical University – (Deutsch, Englisch, Arabisch, Russisch)



 
unknown-33 München:The German Heart Centre Munich Deutsches Herzzentrum München (DHM) – München / Munich Bavaria (German, English and Russian) (~40 Km from Franz Joseph Strauß Flughafen- München International Airport)
 


unknown-34 Regensburg: The University Hospital Regensburg (Universitätsklinikum Regensburg) – Regensburg(German and English)



 
unknown-35 Rostock: The University Clinic of Rostock / Das Universitätsklinikum Rostock - Rostock
 


unknown-36 Saarland: Saarland University Hospital - Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de la Sarre – Homburg/Saar (German, english, and french)


 
unknown-37 Stuttgart: Klinikum Stuttgart : Bürgerhospital, Katharinenhospital, Krankenhaus Bad Cannstatt, Olga-hospital (the largest pediatric clinic in Germany)
 


unknown-38 Schleswig-Holstein (Kiel – Lübeck): The University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein ( Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein (UK S-H)) with International Department (German, English) – Kiel and Lübeck

 
unknown-39 Tübingen: The University Hospital Tuebingen – Tübingen near Stuttgart(~ 35 Km from Stuttgart Airport) (German, english)
 
unknown-40 Tübingen: University Children’s Hospital (Department of Paediatrics) Tuebingen / Universitätsklinik für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin Tübingen
 


unknown-41 Ulm: The University Clinic of Ulm (Universitätsklinikum Ulm) - Ulm (German, English)
 


unknown-42  Ulm: The International Center for Advanced Studies in Health Sciences and Services (ICAS) – The University Hospital of Ulm
 
 
unknown-43 Würzburg: The University Hospital of Würzburg - (Universitätsklinikum Würzburg, Julius-Maximilians-Universität)