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The German healthcare system is one of the best in the world. All residents have a right to basic healthcare, regardless of their income. This also applies to people who have not yet been granted a recognised residence title.

  • Anyone can receive treatment from a doctor or, in an emergency, from a hospital and obtain the medications and appliances they require from a pharmacy. You can read more under the Medical care section.

  • In addition, there are also many preventive resources for you and your family, to help avoid diseases and illnesses from happening. You can find further information in the Preventive Healthcare section.

  • The costs for medical treatment, a stay in hospital or medicines are paid for by your health insurance fund as a rule, except for the small co-payment that you must make. You therefore must belong to a statutory or private health insurance fund. You can read more about health insurance here.

  • Mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety disorders or addictions are treated by doctors. The first place to turn to if you have a problem is often an advice centre. You can read more under Mental Health and Drugs and Addiction.

  • Doctors, counsellors and therapists have a legal duty of confidentiality. This means that everything you discuss with them is strictly confidential and cannot be repeated to other people.