Find a doctor
If you become ill, your first point of contact for all health issues is a general practitioner (Allgemeinmediziner or Hausarzt). The best way to find a good doctor is to ask your acquaintances or friends for a recommendation. Unfortunately, many doctors' offices are very busy and therefore no longer accept new patients. We are happy to support you in your search for a doctor. Please contact us if you need support: Advisory Service
Please also note our information under "Emergencies" if you need a doctor very urgently.
If necessary, the general practitioner will refer you to a specialist (Facharzt). Ask your doctor to recommend somebody and to make an appointment for you directly. General practitioners and specialists can be found here:
local telephone directory
Medical Directory of the State of Lower Saxony
The Medical Directory also lists the foreign language skills of the respective doctors. So you can find a doctor who speaks good English or even your mother tongue.
Unfortunately, the database is currently only available in German. You can find an English manual for use here:
Manual for the Medical Directory (PDF, 118 KB)
Seeing a doctor
Most doctors expect you to make an appointment by telephone. If you are seriously ill, make it clear that you would like to see the doctor that same day. Please remember to take your health insurance card (EHIC card or German health insurance card) with you.
- If you have statutory health insurance, the doctor will invoice all costs directly to your insurance company.
- If you have private health insurance, you will receive an invoice, which you will have to pay. You will then submit that invoice to your health insurance company, which will reimburse your expenses.
Medication in Germany is only available at pharmacies.
- Medication for minor illnesses such as headaches or colds can be bought without a prescription in the pharmacy.
- Many medicines require a doctors's prescription which you will have to take to the pharmacy.
- If you have statutory health insurance, you will have to pay between € 5 and € 10 for most medicines. The rest is covered by your health insurance.
- If you have private health insurance, you will have to pay the cost of the medication at the time of purchase, then submit the receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement.