Krankenhaus Waldfriede Tel: 8181-00 Argentinische Allee 40 14163 Berlin www.waldfriede.de
To find a GP (Hausarzt or Allgemeiner Arzt) look in the telephone directory under Ärzte. Children are usually treated by a pediatrician (Kinderarzt). Usually GPs make referrals to a specialist if necessary, but some specialist doctors will take patients without prior referral.
There is no obligation to remain with a particular doctor. The German system allows free choice of doctors and if a patient is unhappy with treatment received they are free to find an alternative practice. Most doctors operate on an appointment system and surgeries (Sprechstunden) are generally open every weekday morning, but not every afternoon. The out-of-hours service operates at weekends.
Most doctors in Germany speak some basic English (depending on the area). A foreigner in Germany can contact their national embassy or consulate in Germany to request a list of doctors speaking their language.
All health insurance companies provide a plastic ID card which must be presented on visiting a doctor. For people with state insurance the bill is automatically sent to the insurance company, but the patient must pay the €10 fee for the first visit every quarter. Patients with private insurance must pay for treatment (you will receive an invoice send by mail) and reclaim the amount from the insurance company.
Meoclinic Friedrichstraße 71 Tel.: 030 20944000 WWW.en.meoclinic.de Meoclinic is a private international clinic where you can find help in the areas; dentistry, ear, nose, throat medicine, Gynecology, General Medicin, etc. The clinic is open to all those who are privately insured or who are self paying.
Clayallee area: Dr. med. Rath (available weekends) Fischerhüttenstr. 89 14163 Berlin Tel: 030/814 729 30 Weekend hours: Sat: 10-12, Sun: call for appointment www.praxis-krumme-lanke.de
Dr.med. Sylvia Kollmann Nassauische Strasse 25 10717 Berlin Tel: 873-8303
Dr.med. Birgit Coenen de Salazar Clayallee 177 14195 Berlin Tel: 811-0828