The Arabic newspaper al Khaleej has praised the German healthcare system and named Germany an attractive destination for international patients.
In a special edition focused on Germany, the newspaper published an article summarizing the advantages of receiving medical treatment in Germany. Advanced technology, short waiting times and highly-qualified medical professionals are just some of the reasons more than 250,000 international patients choose Germany as their medical destination each year.
Read on to find out more, or click here to download the full article (Arabic).
Health care system in Germany
International patients from all over the world are drawn to Germany for its excellent standard of healthcare. Travelers from Great Britain and the United States typically choose Germany for the high level of care and the advanced technologies available there. Patients from the U.K., Canada and Ireland come to take advantage of the short waiting times compared to their home countries. And patients from Arab and Gulf Coast countries also come to Germany to take advantage of the expertise and excellent reputations of German doctors.
Strict quality standards and more doctors per capita
German law requires that all German hospitals be subject to strict government oversight. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Germany has an excellent doctor-to-patient ratio, with an average of 368 doctors per 100,000 inhabitants – more than in both the U.S. and Canada.
Highly trained doctors
Doctors in Germany must undergo years of rigorous training before they can begin practicing medicine. The studies consist of two parts: an extensive, science-based education, followed by a practical period of study and residency. After completing their undergraduate education, they must pass a standardized test in order to get their medical license. Depending on the specialism, medical school in Germany can take 5 to 7 years.
Leading German hospitals for international patients
Heidelberg University Hospital – Heidelberg
This university hospital is one of the leading medical centers in Europe and attracts a large number of patients from within Germany as well as other countries each year.
Hamburg – University Clinic Eppendorf (UKE)
After its establishment in 1884, the University Clinic Eppendorf became a university hospital in 2009. It is currently one of the most modern hospitals in Europe and a major center for research and innovation.
Stuttgart Hospital – Stuttgart
One of the largest hospitals in Germany, Stuttgart hospital consists of more than 50 clinics and specialized institutes encompassing every medical specialty. Some of its most respected specialisms include oncology, ear, nose and throat, and pediatrics.