Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city?
No. The German health care system is on par with the majority of modern western nations and as such provides top-notch care, which prevents the need for vaccinations.
Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat?
To be a resident in Germany, one must provide proof of medical insurance coverage, either with the state system or through a private provider.
The only time you might need to be concerned about coverage is in the first weeks of employment, when insurance may lapse. Ensure that your previous coverage will continue and be valid in Germany until your German health care takes effect.
What is the word for "doctor" in the local language?
Der Arzt (male doctor), die Ärztin (female doctor). Germans will also understand the English word “doctor.”
What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider?
The American Consulate in Frankfurt offers a list of English-speaking doctors, although they make no recommendations of preferred physicians.
Crown Frankfurt also maintains a list of doctors with whom we have had good experiences, although we cannot make any recommendations on quality of care, etc.
Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go?
No. Frankfurt offers modern health care at all of its hospitals, which possess state-of-the-art medical facilities. Clinics specialize in a variety of areas.
What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police.
For medical or fire emergencies, dial 112.
For the police, dial 110.
What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable?
Each hospital has an emergency service, which will take patients who need immediate treatment for any kind of illness. Insurance generally covers this service.
Pharmacies operate on a rotating schedule and one is always open in each neighborhood. Each pharmacy has a list in its window of the nearest pharmacy that is open on any given day.
The pharmacies at the main train station and at the airport have extended hours.
How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language?
A pharmacy is called an Apotheke (like the English word "apothecary"). There is generally a large red letter “A” in each pharmacy window.
Is the water safe to drink?
Yes, absolutely, although many Germans are used to drinking bottled water, generally sparkling water.
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