Health Care in Berlin, Germany

Component of health care surveyedSatisfaction %
Skill and competency of medical staff
73.35 High
Speed in completing examination and reports
63.98 High
Equipment for modern diagnosis and treatment
84.24 Very High
Accuracy and completeness in filling out reports
71.54 High
Friendliness and courtesy of the staff
61.94 High
Satisfaction with responsiveness (waitings) in medical institutions
47.24 Moderate
Satisfaction with cost to you
71.11 High
Convenience of location for you
78.43 High

Contributors: 182

Last update: May 2021

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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2 Comments so far
Alexandra on May 15, 2019:
Good healthcare in Berlin is a dangerous myth. It's widely believed by people with relatively good health. If you don't have the strongest health, stay away from Berlin, it's dangerous. It's actually dangerous to get no treatment for your diseases, I'm not exaggerating.
One needs to wait months for an appointment than half a day in the queue (because who cares about the schedule) but that's nothing. Problems start if you actually need help. In two years three times I had to go to other countries in Europe to get medical help because German doctors simply say it's OK for everything. No help, no prescriptions. You come again and again, they keep saying it's fine, it'll go away not even making any tests. MRI is is a luxury beyond thinking, a simple x-ray is very hard to get. Lucky if it does go away. But sometimes it doesn't.
The myth about German healthcare is based on the achievments of German medical research. But as a person paying a 1000 EUR per month for insurance, you have no more access to these achievements than any foreigner.
Very seriously, don't move to Berlin if you are not completely healthy. You will have to handle the consequences of lack of treatment for a long time, if not forever.
Maximilian on May 27, 2018:
I can confidently say that health care is very bad in Berlin (and probably in the rest of Germany). And the worst thing is that Germans themselves think that their system is very good.

My fellow Germans (very nice people), your healthcare used to be good back in 70s or 80s, but, by the standards of the modern world, it's far-far away from being on par with other developed countries (and sometimes even developing countries such as India or Brazil). I know what you're thinking now. You're thinking that it's bullshit but it's not and you are the very people suffering from ignoring this fact.

Almost 90% of the population of Germany uses the public health insurance. All these people have almost 0 access to preventive medical services and diagnostics but Germans won't admit this because their insurance kinda covers some kinds of diagnostics once per 7000 years and even these diagnostic measures are generally very basic and are being done in a very neglect way. But they have it and the checkbox is checked when you read yet another article about excellent German healthcare.

There's a stereotype that German healthcare is very good (the best?) when it comes to cancer treatment and diagnostics. First, this is very arguable as Germans are very conservative and don't use any experimental and cutting edge techniques / technologies (as opposed to Israel and South Korea for example), second, all the best ways of treatment available in Germany will never be used by normal people with public health insurance as it's expensive and doctors are strongly discouraged to do such diagnostics as PET scans for example. Yes, Germany has PET scanners but these are only available to "paying customers". Even a simple MRI is a luxury here but when you finally get access to it, you're going to be scanned with an 18th century device as all the high-end devices are reserved for the "paying" people.

Fellow Germans, why it should be like this? Lots of us pay more than 700 euros every single month for the mandatory health insurance which is in most of the cases completely useless.

Modern healthcare is based on early treatment and maintenance of good health as opposed to German "go home, take Ibuprofen and come back when you're almost dead" philosophy and you will never get to this point if you don't demand it. Because of the population ignoring the fact of a very bad medical services, German health care is degrading as, no matter what they do, they will never be critisized or requested to do a better job.

It's a shame that you're leaving your country to your (mostly non-existent) children in a worse shape than your parents did for you.