In Germany the treatment of illnesses is carried out by doctors in “Arztpraxen” (doctor surgeries) and hospitals. Established doctors work in their own doctor surgery. “Hausärzte” (house doctors) are general practitioners who treat all illnesses. “Fachärzte” (consultants) have specialised in a particular area. In hospitals emergencies are treated and operations (surgery) are carried out.
You should look for a “Hausarzt” (general practitioner) whom you trust near where you live so that you can visit him/her when you are ill. In addition you should let this doctor carry out “Routinebehandlung” (routine checkups) and “Vorsorgeuntersuchung” (screening examinations). You doctor will then be able to transfer you to a specialist or a hospital should this be necessary. To find a “Hausarzt” near where you live you can use this search Hausarztsuche Bremen und Bremerhaven
Please remember to always take you health card to appointments.
Frequently asked questions
The examination and treatment by a doctor or hospital is free for refugees. As a refugee you are also exempt from additional payment for example for medicines. It is possible that the exemption is not noted on your health card. You can request a “Befreiungsausweis” (exemption certificate) from the “Krankenkasse” (health insurance).
If you need a doctor outside of surgery opening hours you can go to the Ärztlichen Notdienst (emergency doctor’s) in Bremerhaven.
A specialist doctor is a doctor who has specialised in a particular area of medicine. Specialists work in their own practice or in a medical care centre. Specialist doctors are either specialised in particular groups of people (e.g. pediatrician is specialised in children) or in the treatment of specific illnesses.
If you know which specialist you have to go to you can make an appointment with their practice directly. If you are unsure which specialist to visit you can go to your “Hausarzt” (general practitioner) first.