How to Become a Medical Doctor in Germany

Nowadays, a job as a medical doctor has come to be one of the most desired occupations and not only in Germany. Surely, that is why there are so many doctors that travel from one world country to another, trying to get the most profiting job offer that also gives the best of support as regards of knowledge, experience and career progress.

Speaking solely about Germany, there are so many hospitals and medical clinics that frequently announce calls for different professional medical cadres – to those who are capable and skilled to fulfill ever-increasing demand for modern medical services of the country. The German health care system is globally distinguished, especially now that the area of digitization has also advanced functioning system of health care system– increasing the need for a more advanced medical care services and professional medical cadre. The shortage of doctors, therefore, creates excellent opportunities for individuals to get involved in a wide spectrum of career opportunities in medicine. As well, ever since in 2007 every German citizen and resident is required to cover its health services through the proper statutory or private health insurance, something that might have also pushed further the need for more specialized cadres and services, as well as increased the need for a greater number of medical employees.

As a response, Germany does not only support the education of locals in the medical field, but additionally – there are established so many universities and institutes that are there to support the education of foreign students in the same study field. Moreover, around 8% of medical study seats in Germany are reserved for international students.

German Health Care System

Germany is the country to be when talking about very developed and well-functioning Health Care System. The Federal country, comprised of 16 states “Bundesländer” or “Länder”, possesses a health care system that is based on a mandatory health insurance of any citizen and resident. There are two schemes of health insurance: statutory and private, where the first scheme dominates the private one as it covers 90% of the entire health insurances in Germany.

The country is one of the biggest in Europe as regards of population number, while according to the German Medical Association, the proportion of doctors and the population is estimated to be about 3.4 per 1,000 people.

There are two categories of medicinal sectors in Germany: outpatient and inpatient sectors, where the first category includes doctors that independently (in a freelance basis) offer their medical services – under a work contract of a statutory health insurer – on the other hand, all the doctors offering services for statutory health insurances must be registered at The Regional Associations of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians.

Categories of hospitals in Germany are three: Public “Öffentliche Krankenhäuser” – that are publicly managed, Non-profit “Frei gemeinnützige Krankenhäuser” – managed by NGOs and Church and Private “Privatkrankenhäuser” – privately owned by commercial companies.

There also are State Chambers of Physicians that function as registered corporations under the public law where doctors (physicians) are also members. The German Medical Association coordinates joint activities and mediates exchange and experience activities between them.

Read also about the Medical school and the assessment process to become a medical doctor.

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