Germany has what is regarded as one the best healthcare systems worldwide. Approximately 50,000 visitors travel to Germany for medical care each year. Medical tourists who come to Germany for medical care are usually attracted by its high level of care and use of technology. Medical facilities are supervised by the government and must meet certain standards, as legislated by German law. Compassion is emphasized in German medical care and training. Costs in Germany are higher than other medical tourism destinations, such as Asia and Eastern Europe. However, they are still lower than the same or similar procedures in the United States by approximately 50%. Training and malpractice laws are similar to those in the United States and more rigorous, in some specialties. One major difference is that privacy is not as much of a consideration, and towels and gowns are not always as freely provided as they are in the United Kingdom or the United States. Check to see if you will need to bring your own at your chosen facility.
Science and research in the medical industry are highly regarded in Germany, which attracts patients from all over the world to Germany's medical facilities. Preventive care is popular in Germany, in the form of spa treatments, mineral water, and hot springs. Some facilities cater specifically to international visitors, and some combine spas with the treatment facilities so that visitors can relax and recuperate. For example, the spa town of Baden-Baden offers 8 clinics where patients can receive full-service treatments. Germany is a great place to visit to take care of your health, whether you need a life-saving procedure in an area with top-notch standards or a relaxing spa visit. Germany has a high hospital density compared to many other countries, which results in a shorter wait time for patients. For patients waiting on treatment, this can be a vital and cost-saving option.
Like other types of travel, medical tourists would be wise to consider factors that will effect the trip, such as weather and currency. The climate in Germany is colder year-round than that in most of the United States, due to its northern latitute. Although not a primary language in Germany, English is commonly learned in as a second language by German citizens, which can help tourists from the United States or United Kingdom feel more at home. Currency in Germany is the Euro. Germany also has a rich culture and many popular tourist destinations. The country is home to several industries that are world-renowned, and trade fairs are popular.
Germany is a good destination for a patient who wants a high standard of medical care for a lower cost than in the United States and in certain other parts of Europe. Some areas of Germany may be better to visit for foreigners than others, considering amenities, recovery facilities, and languages commonly spoken. Doing research on the specific area and facility is a good idea prior to scheduling a procedure. Be sure to look at prices, reviews, recovery options, and if possible, patient results. For some procedures, such as cosmetic surgeries, before and after photos may be available as examples of typical results. Pre-planning a vacation to Germany combined with a medical procedure can help ensure a high level of comfort and care for medical procedures.