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What are healthcare services like in Germany?

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We asked retirees if they have access to good medical care in Germany. They wrote...

"Germany has a high standard of healthcare services throughout the country. Utilizing a social insurance system, healthcare is available to German citizens through a combination of public health care insurance and private health care insurance. All German citizens are required to have health insurance, which is typically administered through the statutory health insurance fund. For those seeking private insurance, premiums vary depending on the type of care needed and on the insurance plan chosen. Outpatient services are provided through family doctors, specialists, and therapists. Inpatient services are provided through hospitals, either public or private. In general, Germany has a particularly strong focus on preventive health services, in order to limit the need for curative treatments," explained one expat living in Germany.

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"I am on the German Sickness insurance because I worked longer here than in the UK. My husband is insured with myself, but he is over the UK Pension Service, because he never worked here and is British. We are both very happy with the medical situation here and pay only 1% of our annual income, medicines and treatment are thereafter, free. We have both been and still am having treatments for cancers, and we will stay here till the treatment is finished. Treatment is better here than in the UK," said another expat in Eifel , Germany.

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