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Treatment in Germany — advantages, clinics and prices

A detailed guide for everyone who is going for diagnostics and treatment in Germany in 2022.

By Dr. Vladislav Green
The reason millions of patients trust German medicine and choose treatment in Germany is the highest quality. We have examined in detail all the components of the German healthcare system and will tell you all the details. Read to choose the best treatment and avoid mistakes.

Content:

Тop-20 Clinics of Germany
Best Doctors of Germany
Prices for Treatment in Germany — list

Treatment in Germany — overview
About German Clinics in Detail
Departments and Diagnoses
Price-Formation at Clinics
Accommodation during Treatment in Germany
Feedback about Treatment in Germany
Germany — Rest and Sightseeing

Best Clinics in Germany

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Why you should consider treatment in Germany
Germany consistently ranks among the top 5 countries in the world in terms of healthcare quality. The country can boast of the largest number of clinics per thousand population. German clinics are considered the best in the world.

You will be amazed at the difference in healthcare between your country and Germany. Interdisciplinary and holistic approaches, as well as modern technologies, contribute to higher success rates and reduced risks during treatment and rehabilitation after surgery.

Treatment in Germany means a solid scientific base, well-equipped clinics, highly qualified doctors, friendly medical staff, and most importantly, sufficient amount of time and attention for you and your medical problems. Treatment in accordance with strict medical standards simplifies the healing process and helps to achieve the best therapeutic results in the most cost-effective way.

Types of treatment in German clinics
and number of patients


Though there are no exact statistics on the number of people who visit Germany for medical/surgical treatment, estimates range from 150,000 to 350,000 per year. Experts are confident that the number of medical tourists is growing.
Many other countries offer a wide range of therapeutic and surgical procedures for the medical tourist. In many of them, the number of medical specialists is less than in Germany. For example, there are countries that may specialise in plastic or cardiac surgery, joint surgery, and dentistry. Germany can offer excellent care in all these specialties. It also has an excellent reputation in other areas.
People go to Germany to get treatment, which is in the top 5 in the world in any area of ​​medicine.
The main specialisations for which patients go to Germany for treatment include (but are not limited to):

Gastroenterology
Gynecology
Cardiology
Mammology
Neurology
Neurosurgery
Male and female Cancer Treatment
Orthopaedics
Ophthalmology
Urology
Endocrinology

Three Main Advantages of Treatment in Germany

High level of professionalism and qualification of doctors

In Germany, future medical specialists must study well in order to be accepted to the university. They will have 6 years of hard academic study and another 6 years of practical training. Only then will they be able to work as doctors in the German healthcare system.
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Clinical equipment and advanced treatment technologies in Germany

Medical technologies in German clinics allow accurate diagnostics and effective therapy, especially in the field of innovative modern medicine and oncology. In order to constantly improve diagnostics and therapy, clinics in Germany are fitted up with the most modern medical equipment in all specialised departments for each field of medicine.
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Comfortable inpatient rehabilitation in Germany

Intensive rehabilitation is a very important element of healthcare in Germany, as it ensures a full recovery. The goal of this healthcare measure is to restore the patient's quality of life. Therefore, the Germans created exclusive clinics and rehabilitation outpatient clinics with comfortable living conditions and special nutrition methods.
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Clinics in Germany

German clinics offer an exceptionally high standard of modern treatment. Qualified, dedicated medical staff, innovative medicine, interdisciplinary collaboration of German physicians, specialised centres, patient-oriented services, individual care and sensitive counselling for patients and their families — all this ensures a high level of German medicine and patient satisfaction. Interdisciplinary medical centres in Germany also offer comprehensive examination and therapy methods.

Germany is becoming an increasingly popular choice for patients seeking treatment abroad. The high quality of medical care, strict ethical standards and quick access to specialists make it an attractive place for medical care. Treatment in Germany also has excellent value for money. Germany is not the cheapest medical destination in the world, but the cost of healthcare in Germany is significantly lower than in many other industrialised countries, especially the US. And in 40% of cases, the final cost of treatment in Germany will be lower than in CIS countries. This is achieved due to the fact that the prices for treatment in German clinics are transparent, and additional costs for stimulating medical personnel are excluded as a phenomenon.

Types of German clinics — state, private, charitable

As part of the healthcare system in Germany, each of the 16 German states shares responsibility with the central government for their clinics. There are three types of hospitals in Germany (Krankenhauser):

State clinics in Germany (Offentliche Krankenhauser) are administered by local or federal government agencies. These include university hospitals in Germany (55% of the total number of hospitals).

Charitable hospitals (Frei gemeinnutzige Krankenhauser) are run by churches or German Red Cross organisations (~38%).

Private clinics (Privatkrankenhauser) are run by companies (nearly 7%). As a rule, practicing doctors with solid experience open their highly specialised private clinics.

Best German Clinics for International Patients in 2022

The wide range of treatments available in German clinics has led to many years of experience in treating foreign patients and a well-established system leading to recovery. Below are the clinics that received the most positive feedback from foreign patients.
rating by newsweek report и focus 2022

Top-20 Clinics of Germany

Charité University Hospital, Berlin
University Hospital Heidelberg, Heidelberg
University Hospital LMU, Munich
University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), Hamburg
Hannover Medical School (MHH), Hannover
University Hospital Rechts der Isar, Munich
University Hospital Cologne, Cologne
University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg
University Medical Center Schleswig Holstein (UKSH), Kiel
University Hospital Regensburg, Regensburg
University Hospital Erlangen, Erlangen
University Medical Center Göttingen, Göttingen
University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden, Dresden
University Hospital of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
University Hospital RWTH Aachen
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Würzburg
University of Bonn, Bonn
University Medical Center Mainz, Mainz
Klinikum Nürnberg Nord, Nürnberg
Essen University Hospital (UKE), Essen
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Treatment process of international patients in Germany

Services in German clinics for foreign patients, in addition to the treatment itself, include:

1. Initial consultation: telephone, written or personal, organised through the headquarters in Germany or through the international office of UNICLINICSⓇ. The purpose of it is to clarify the patient's medical symptoms / wishes.
2. Evaluation of the patient's current medical report if any.
3. If the report is not available, an appointment is scheduled for diagnostics and / or initial examination (if desired). The medical opinion is sent to the relevant specialised clinics with a request for an assessment, proposed appointments and cost of treatment.
4. Coordination of appointments with the patient and the attending physician.
5. Organising the trip, including booking air tickets, accommodation and support, visa obtaining.
6. Organising transfer in Germany: to the airport and / or to the clinic for the appointment.
7. Qualified translation in the patient's native language, for meetings and examinations.
8. Taking into account the cultural, religious and psychological needs of the patient.
9. Organisation of qualified inpatient rehabilitation as needed.
10. Translation of final medical reports into the patient's native language.
11. Organisation of follow-up care at the patient's place of residence: the German doctors who performed the treatment will answer the patient's questions at any time.

Why patients choose Germany

Advanced Level of German Healthcare System ✓

The German medical system is one of the most advanced in the world. All medical services and prices for treatment are regulated at the state level: German hospitals must be approved by certain certificates:

  • German Institute for Standardisation (DIN).
  • Collaboration for Quality and Transparency in Healthcare (KTQ-GmBH).
  • Telemedicine for a Mobile Society (TEMOS).
Clinics in Germany are also certified by ESMO (European Society for Medical Oncology) and JCI (Joint Commission International). These certifications assure patients that all medical procedures are safe and meet the highest quality standards.

Robotic Surgery ✓

Clinics in Germany are equipped with high-precision robotic systems.

Among them there is the Da Vinci robot which performs operations through incisions up to 1 cm. It is used for the surgical treatment of cancer of the prostate, bladder, kidneys, and even for the use of catheters in the case of diagnosing cardiac arrhythmia. EndoAssist, LapMan, Freehand devices replace the surgeon's assistant. They allow you to shorten the patient's recovery period, reduce the risk of complications and blood loss.

Availability of Innovative Technologies ✓

Research centres operate as part of university clinics in Germany. They develop innovative treatment methods and implement them into the therapy program. For example, doctors use the Trilogy system and TrueBeam STx linear accelerators to destroy malignant tumours. The devices act on the tumour without affecting healthy tissue.

Original Medications ✓

German doctors provide treatment in accordance with international protocols. Specialists use only original medications specially made for the member countries of the European Union.

Main medical problems to be treated in Germany

Germany is a top destination for patients who have complex illnesses and are willing to pay for high quality treatment and results. Usually foreign patients are sent to Germany for the treatment of diseases of the following specialties:

Treatment of Oncology

Oncology is the main specialty for medical tourism. For the treatment of cancer in Germany, there are 43 oncological centres that specialise in the treatment of more than 300 types of oncological diseases. German doctors use targeted and immunotherapy drugs. They affect cancer cells, but do not affect healthy ones.

The average cancer recovery rate in Germany is 82% for men and 87% for women.

Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

More than 120,000 successful heart surgeries are performed annually in German clinics. German cardiac surgeons operate through small incisions. Doctors perform surgery through a 5 cm intercostal incision (traditional 20 cm) and replace heart valves through a catheter using TAVI.

Neurosurgery

German doctors treat herniated discs, tumours of the brain and spinal cord using safe methods. According to statistics, only 50% of patients with hernias are prescribed surgical treatment. The success rate for this intervention is over 90%. Due to the high recovery rate, neurosurgery is one of the main specialties for treatment in Germany.

Neurosurgeons use endoscopic and laser techniques to remove tumours. Some growths can be removed without incisions through natural openings such as the nose. Doctors perform operations under the control of neuronavigation, which increases the accuracy of the movements of neurosurgeons.

Orthopedics and Sports Rehabilitation

The main feature of orthopedic treatment in Germany is the vast experience of doctors. More than 11,150 orthopedic and sports medicine specialists are currently practicing. They perform knee and hip replacement using a minimally invasive method through small incisions up to 10 cm, in the case of traditional surgery - up to 30 cm. Doctors install endoprostheses using robotic surgical systems. The systems help to coordinate the movements of the surgeon and install the endoprosthesis with 100% accuracy.

As a result, the small length of the incision and the accuracy of the operation minimise the associated risks and significantly reduce the period of postoperative rehabilitation.
How much does it cost to undergo treatment in Germany?

Costs for Treatment in Germany — Price List of Medical Services

Many patients do not consider treatment in Germany because they think it is expensive. In fact, prices in German clinics for individual procedures are indeed more expensive than in Eastern Europe, but the total cost of treatment is lower. This is achieved through an integrated approach to the preparation of treatment programs, and the absence of constant additional fees from patients, as is the case in the CIS countries.

In general, the actual price of treatment in Germany, even taking into account the cost of air travel and accommodation of an accompanying person in a hotel, will be higher, on average, by 15-30% compared to the prices for treatment in the patient's own country. At the same time, the difference in the quality of the treatment itself is incomparable. The trend is that the more complex medical intervention is required, for example, heart surgery, neurosurgery, arthroplasty, the cheaper the treatment in Germany ends up being. In addition, we should not forget: German doctors treat difficult cases.

If there is no hope for therapy in your home country, which may be of deprived of high-precision equipment and the latest techniques, it is worth contacting Germany.
They will perform miracles for you.
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Please note that the final cost is affected by: the rating and specialization of the clinic, the region, the level of training of the attending physician, the length of stay and the presence or absence of preferential booking prices from UNICLINICSⓇ.
Our database contains a complete list of prices, which includes all 38 areas of medicine and prices for the treatment of 5860 diagnoses in Germany
pricing factors

Pricing Factors for Treatment in Germany

  1. The patient's diagnosis, anamnesis, the desired effect is surgery or drug treatment.
  2. Length of stay in the clinic and type of ward. The average cost of staying in a 1-bed ward is from 96.00 euros per day.
  3. The region where the clinic is located. Local legislative acts that allow clinics to set their own prices for diagnostics, treatment, rehabilitation
  4. Clinic rating, its annual marketing expenses, investments in research activities and equipment. Usually prices in university clinics are higher by 5-25%, but this cost is offset by higher quality of treatment, especially when it comes to complex and rare diseases that require the latest research or ultra-modern robotic equipment to be treated.
  5. The professor's rating, their scientific activity and demand as a specialist affect the cost of treatment. If you choose conventional medical care (without the involvement of a professor and his team), the price of treatment will be 15-40% lower.
  6. The cost of treatment in Germany is strongly influenced by the presence of international departments in the clinic. They organize treatment for patients from abroad. If clinics outsource this activity to partners (e.g. UNICLINICSⓇ), the price of treatment will be significantly lower, up to 50% of the base cost.
  7. There are at least 15 more factors that affect the prices of treatment in Germany. These subtleties depend on each individual case and require the involvement of medical auditors to analyse the cost and all services included in the preliminary invoice. Contact us for a consultation so that we can determine the exact price in your case.

The German government regulates prices for treatment


Since 2004, a unified system for calculating the cost of treatment in clinics has been operating in Germany. This pricing approach is called DRG (Diagnosis Related Groups) and consists in the fact that more than 1,500 cases of treatment have been standardized and the average costs of clinics for them have been calculated.
Final cost of treatment in Germany will include all the peculiarities of a particular case.

The DRG system applies to all clinics in the country that have a state license. The Hospital Financing Act (§ 17 KHG) clearly states that the cost of treatment must be the same for all patients.
As providers of medical services to the population in their regions in huge numbers, German clinics have long learned to optimize the costs of treating typical cases, which are included in the DRG.

Thus, the cost of staying in the clinic does not depend on the amount of medical services provided, medicines, days of stay in the ward, but on the individual DRG number of the patient multiplied by the clinic coefficient.

A unique DRG-number for a patient is calculated based on the individual factors of a person: diagnosis (classification according to ICD 10), necessary medical procedures - surgery, chemotherapy, etc.; patient's age; factors that complicate treatment (comorbid, chronic diseases); the cost of implants or special medicines (for example, as in the case of PSMA therapy for prostate cancer, when Lu-177 is delivered on order). This DRG number is multiplied by the clinic coefficient — a multiplier that depends on the region where the clinic is located, its rating, and other factors.

How much money do I need to take with me?

Here is our reply to the most frequently asked question
If you are going to Germany for treatment under the UNICLINICSⓇ program, then the cost that will be calculated for you before the start of the medical program will include absolutely all expenses — the required number of days of stay in the clinic, food, medical staff services, necessary procedures, medicines, consumables materials, translation services, transfer, flight. In this case, no one will have to pay extra at the clinic for anything.
We usually recommend that our patients have €1,500-3,000 in reserve. This is in case you need to carry out control diagnostics or there will be time for a city tour.

If patients book treatment in Germany in another way, it is necessary to have about €10,000 with them, in case of complications or unexpected expenses.

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Travelling and accommodation during treatment in Germany

Flights to Germany

Germany has 30 international and regional airports. Berlin and Munich are considered the main international airports, while Cologne-Bonn International Airport is the largest European hub for low-fare airlines. There are buses and trains offering fast and convenient connections to airports, as well as regular taxis and car rental companies upon arrival.

Domestic flight

There are scheduled domestic flights between major cities, mainly operated by Lufthansa and British Airways. This especially comes in handy when a patient is assigned a cross-clinical treatment program, for example, diagnostics in Munich, treatment in Berlin, rehabilitation in Baden-Baden.

How to reach a German clinic — by car or by bus

Patients are always provided with a transfer service to the clinic immediately from the airport. But for those who decide to visit Germany not only for treatment, but also for sightseeing, it will be useful to know that the road and rail infrastructure in Germany is considered one of the best in Europe. Therefore, travelling around this country is a simple and pleasant experience. German public transport is also reliable and efficient. The national rail network is operated by Deutsche Bahn and is one of the most extensive and advanced networks in Europe, using the ultra-fast InterCity Express (ICE) trains. Tickets can be bought at stations in Germany.

Most major German cities have a subway and a good bus and tram system. Tickets must be purchased before boarding from automatic ticket machines, and stamped with dates from machines on board the vehicle or at the entrance gates of major stops. The welcome card has become very popular in major cities and gives visitors discounts or free entry to many tourist attractions, unlimited rides on local public transport. The card is valid for one to seven days and can be purchased at train stations or local tourist offices in Germany.

Taxis are readily available in all major cities. As a rule, these are comfortable cream-colored Mercedes Benz cars. The average fare in Germany is at least €1,30 per km. At the same time, prices are above average in large cities. The minimum fee is €2,50.

Accommodation during treatment in Germany

Germany hotels offer excellent value for money. The World Tourism Council compared the average cost of hotels in the world, and prices for hotels in Germany are significantly lower than in other European countries. The average hotel room in Germany costs €65 per night. Anyone who comes to Germany for treatment should expect that the average duration of inpatient treatment in German clinics is 5,8 days of stay. During this time, the patient will stay in his wardall, and the accompanying person will need to calculate his budget for 5,8 days in the hotel, respectively. It is also possible to rent a double room in the clinic to be close to your patient. This is especially true for mothers traveling with children for treatment in Germany.

Patient reviews about treatment in Germany

The decision of a foreign patient to receive treatment in Germany indicates high expectations and great trust in the healthcare system of this country, specialists and the quality of medicine. Find out what patients who have already been treated in Germany say.
Henry Bormann
was treated at University Hospital Erlangen
"... At every stage of treatment in Germany, I was given great attention to all emerging issues, they were interested in how the treatment process was going, consulted on all medical issues. Thank you very much for choosing the clinic and the doctors who performed the operation. The surgery went smoothly thanks to the team led by Prof. Matthias Beckmann. The Erlangen University Hospital is full of professionals, thank you!"
Marina Babinova
underwent examination at University Hospital Charité, Berlin
"... With UNICLINICS's assistance, I was enrolled at the Charite University Hospital Berlin for an examination, to Professor Jens Blomer himself. heredity. All my complaints and facts were recorded on a dictaphone. After an examination was carried out, including the mammary glands, tests and ultrasound were taken. I was impressed with the doctor's appointment, compared to Ukrainian clinics there is a difference..."
Vetlitskaya Alena
bet cancer at University Hospital Erlangen
"... Subsequently, I met with the same Rainer Fitkau, who is so helpful and treats uniclinics.com doctors. I told the professor about my fears about amputation. In response, he answered me with a smile that my legs were completely preserved. I was amazed when, after the treatment, at the last PET-CT diagnostics, they said that there was no cancer and I was healthy!

About Germany — best quality of treatment in Europe

Located in the heart of Europe, Germany borders on nine neighbors — the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland and Denmark. With many lively cosmopolitan cities including Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Cologne, as well as the natural beauty of the Black Forest, the Alps, the Rhine and Danube rivers, Germany has plenty of opportunities to make your treatment memorable not only with ultra-modern German clinics, but also with natural and architectural beauty of the country.

History and Sights

Visiting Germany: a lot of vivid impressions
The turbulent history of Germany, especially in the 20th century, needs no retelling here, but after the collapse of the Soviet bloc and the highly symbolic fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany flourished as a peaceful united land.

After reunification in 1990, Berlin was re-established as the capital of Germany. It is located in the eastern part of Germany, about 70 kilometers west of the border with Poland.

Today Berlin is one of the busiest capitals in Europe, a vibrant and culturally rich city with museums, galleries and parks. There are about 300 clubs, 7,000 bars and restaurants, many of which are open around the clock.

Shoppers will be in their element on the Kurfürstendamm or Friedrichstraße and should not miss KaDeWe, the department store on Wittenberg Platz, which is the largest department store on the European mainland.
Germany is the market leader in many areas of the economy. Everyone knows Siemens and car manufacturers BMW and Volkswagen. However, this country cannot be blamed for its dirty industrial landscape. Cologne, for example, is famous not only for its University Hospital of Cologne, but also known as the capital of the arts. It is also popular thanks to the largest cathedral in Germany, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Rheingarten city park and the old quarter are other attractions.

The city of Bonn is located 20 km south of Cologne and was the capital of West Germany between 1949 and 1990. Russian migrants live in Bonn, with their own special views on medicine in Germany. The University Hospital Bonn is ranked 17th in the ranking of German hospitals according to the Newsweek Report.

Along with lively cosmopolitan cities, Germany has a lot to offer and tourists can easily explore the country's natural beauty by car or train. After all, the famous autobahns are the envy of all of Europe.

Relive the fairy tale castles of Bavaria, charming medieval cities like Hameln and Trier, and over 25 World Heritage Sites.

The climate in Germany is northern European and temperate, but if you are traveling in the winter, expect a steep drop in temperature.
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