German Health Care System

In Germany you can choose your doctor freely. If you want to consult with a specialist first visit your GP. He/She will give you a referral. Only doctors can prescribe drugs that are only available by prescription. Depending on the drug or the treatment (e.g. in the hospital) you need to make an extra payment. To make use of the health care services you need to have health insurance. Your health insurance company will provide you with information on extra payments and benefits.