Planning to undergo examination or medical treatment in the foreign country may seem complicated for patients without relevant international experience. It also may be troublesome for people with poor health condition to solve all organizational and administrative issues.

Planning to undergo examination or medical treatment in the foreign country may seem complicated for patients without relevant international experience. It also may be troublesome for people with poor health condition to solve all organizational and administrative issues. The medical tourism provider Booking Health offers comprehensive assistance and care. The international certificate ISO 9001:2015 and reviews of patients additionally confirm high quality of company’s work.

Structure of the German healthcare system

Regarding number of hospitals Germany ranks 3rd country in the world. It currently has about 4 medical persons per 1000 of population. Sufficient financing of the healthcare contributes to this greatly, as over 11% of GDP is invested in this sphere annually. German healthcare system includes three main types of the institutions, which are:

  • University hospitals.
  • Academic (municipal) hospitals.
  • Private hospitals (praxes).

Such structure is aimed at providing fast and efficient medical services. For example, there is no need to hospitalize a person with simple drug-corrected arterial hypertension to the specialized cardiologic department of the university hospital. On the other hand, it is better to immediately apply for the specialized cardiologic care in case of myocardial infarction, as usual cardiologist will not be able to provide the necessary treatment.

Types of the medical programs

Medical programs in Germany are designed for each patient individually in order to meet all his demands and reach personal aims. Depending on the health problem, one of three basic types of medical programs is recommended:

  1. Check-up or a diagnostic program. These are suitable for people who want to undergo the prophylactic examination, screening, or need to clarify the diagnosis.
  2. Therapeutic program includes both pharmacotherapy and diverse interventions. Simple therapeutic programs in patients with chronic conditions are performed on the outpatient basis, while invasive procedures typically require admission to the hospital.
  3. Rehabilitation program typically consolidates results of the previous treatment or serve as the separate measure in patients with incurable chronic conditions (e.g. cerebral palsy). Being started in the hospital, under the supervision of instructors, rehabilitation is always continued at home.

Naturally, different program types may supplement each other. For instance, orthopedic surgery is always followed by rehabilitation measures and subsequent check-ups.

Choosing the healthcare institution

Choosing the healthcare institution and physician is the next step after deciding to undergo treatment abroad. This process is simple when you know the desired doctor and hospital in advance. Otherwise it may be rather complicated, as over 2100 healthcare institutions are functioning in Germany. Fortunately, each hospital has individual annual statistics. Comparing this information is extremely helpful for the decision making:

  • Profile of the hospital, specialization on your disease.
  • Number of performed diagnostic programs, surgeries, etc.
  • Percentage of successful interventions and correct diagnoses.
  • Safety, including the complications rate and absence of infections.
  • Availability of up-to-date equipment (e.g. devices for the neuronavigation, robotic systems).
  • Possibility to participate in clinical trials.
  • Service of physicians.
  • Service of nursing staff.
  • Level of comfort during staying in the hospital.
  • Presence of additional price coefficients, price-quality ratio.

After determining your priorities, you should carefully investigate all the available information for the informed decision-making. Other possible option is seeking the consultation of qualified medical advisors.

Using services of medical tourism provider Booking Health

If it is the first time you are planning to receive the medical treatment in Germany, is better to use help of the medical tourism provider Booking Health. Booking Health is the only certified company in this field quality of whose work is confirmed by the ISO certification. In accordance with the strict quality requirements, Booking Health professionals will help you with:

  • Choosing the hospital and healthcare professional
  • Receiving invitation for treatment and making the appointment.
  • Preparing and explaining preliminary program for the diagnosis making or treatment.
  • Providing favorable costs without additional fees (saving up to 50%).
  • Buying medical materials and medicines.
  • Control of invoices and final calculation, return of unspent funds.
  • Organization of follow-up examinations and rehabilitation, if necessary.
  • Booking hotels and tickets, transfer organization.
  • Translation of medical reports, support of medical interpreter and personal coordinator.

To start a process of treatment in Germany, leave the medical request on the Booking Health website. Medical advisor or patient case manager will contact you within 24 hours and explain your further steps.

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