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Top destination for prevention, diagnostics and therapy

Berlin is also the medical capital of Germany. No other city offers a comparable variety of hospitals and medical practices with such a broad range of healthcare services. Nowhere else do medical technology and biotech firms work so closely together with clinical partners, and nowhere else can a similar breadth of medical science and research be found. 

In addition, the different medical facilities work closely together, which means that a patient who requires specialised treatment that is only available at a particular hospital will be transferred if necessary. International patients benefit from this collaboration and can fully rely on the expertise in the medical treatment chain, be it in a diagnostic centre, a university hospital or a rehabilitation clinic. For this reason, more and more people from all over the world are coming to Berlin for prevention, diagnostics or therapy.

Berlin – the right choice for your health

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Berlin: comprehensive medical care of the highest quality

Modern healthcare concepts are all about preventing disease in the first place. Exercise and a healthy diet are important preventive measures, as are regular check-ups of key organs such as the heart and lungs – to ensure that serious diseases can be detected at an early stage. Many hospitals and medical practices in Berlin are specially geared to patients who visit the city for a course of medical check-ups. Offering everything from short routine examinations to full organ analyses, they provide an outstanding service with no waiting times. 

If there is any suspicion that a patient is suffering from a disease, Berlin’s hospitals and medical practices use the very latest diagnostic techniques, such as CT, MRI and X-ray, to check. Cardiovascular diagnostics, bowel and breast cancer screenings and cutting-edge laboratory methods are also employed.

When patients require a particular course of treatment, they will find everything they need in Berlin’s numerous hospitals – from basic care to high-end medicine. Straightforward plastic surgery is performed safely and professionally. Complicated heart surgery, joint replacement or a bone marrow or liver transplant are also on offer.

Children with their special therapeutic requirements are also treated with the greatest expertise and care in the city’s hospitals. The Charité offers a programme for children suffering from rare or serious diseases that is unique in Germany. Interdisciplinary teams of doctors are on hand to ensure the right diagnosis. Suitable treatment is then performed immediately so that the young patients can return home as quickly as possible.

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Quick implementation of research findings

High-end research and top-class medicine are closely related. Patients who seek treatment in Berlin benefit from the fact that hospitals quickly incorporate new products and procedures into their everyday routines. This is thanks to close cooperation between hospitals and the city’s thriving research scene and numerous biotech and medical technology companies.
Currently, 35 major research institutions and universities are working in the field of life sciences in the German capital. They include the internationally renowned Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, the Fraunhofer and Max Planck institutes and the institutes of the Helmholtz and Leibniz associations. In 2013, the Charité and Max Delbrück Center established a biomedical research institution, the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH). Its goal is to ensure that research findings from the life sciences are implemented in a quicker and more targeted manner for the benefit of patients. 

In recent years, the outstanding scientific environment and wide-ranging clinical research scene have prompted more and more global pharmaceutical companies to base themselves in Berlin. Numerous creative start-ups are also implementing their innovative projects in Berlin, shaping the future of medical care.


Berlin – Centre of medical excellence

Berlin has a worldwide reputation for top-class medicine – boasting Europe's largest university hospital, the Charité, as well as an extensive network of first-rate research facilities and institutions. The German capital offers national and international patients the entire spectrum of modern medicine to treat any kind of medical condition. Working in accordance with German quality and service standards, more than 90 hospitals and some 9,200 doctors in general or specialist practices do their utmost every day to provide the best possible medical care. The growing number of international patients speaks volumes: Berlin can justifiably call itself Germany's “health capital”.

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