Health

Germany has one of the best healthcare systems in the world. The use of the latest therapies and medical equipment helps to guarantee an exceptionally high level of care.

Germany has one of the best healthcare systems in the world. The use of the latest therapies and medical equipment helps to guarantee an exceptionally high level of care. Increasing digitization opens new possibilities for medical care as X-ray images and medical reports can be obtained faster. And, digitization will grow even faster, reduce costs and bring continuous improvements in healthcare. An extensive network of clinics and physicians enable patients to quickly get the medical services they need. Further, physicians are highly respected by the German population. Surveys show that the medical profession is one of the most respected in Germany, and this is followed by the nursing profession.

The average starting salary for medical graduates in Germany is higher than all other fields of work and is now approximately € 52,000 per year. On average, medical graduates in Germany have higher starting salaries than graduates from other academic disciplines.

German hospitals have been dealing with the shortage of physicians for many years. Thousands of additional physicians and nurses are needed throughout Germany. This demand will continue to increase in the coming years, and considering the demographic structure, with many physicians to retire soon, the need will even be greater.

Germany is going through an extensive demographic change. As people lead longer lives and the proportion of older people in our society increases, inpatient and outpatient services are needed more. Hospitals, nursing homes and other care providers make it even more difficult to hire and retain qualified nurses. Qualified health care and medical staff recruitment are, therefore, a major challenge for Germany.

Nurses and geriatric nurses are responsible for monitoring, advising and caring for patients in hospitals, nursing homes or patient homes. Depending on their expertise and qualifications, some nursing specialists may also be charged with documenting and evaluating care procedures, following doctors' orders, and assisting doctors in their work. Talking with the families of patients is an important part of nursing activities. In the light of demographic change, the demand for skilled geriatric nurses is growing rapidly. By 2050, twice as many people are expected to be in need of care. This reveals that the lack of a sufficient number of skilled nurses is an important problem for Germany, and a number of different strategies have been developed to overcome this problem.

Foreign medical education

If you had completed your medical education on or after April 2012 in a foreign country, you are entitled to receive a medical license in Germany regardless of whether your education is in an EU or non-EU country. Your education is equivalent to German medical education. For further details, visit www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de.