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Facilities for Prevention and Diagnostics

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A medical diagnosis aims to analyse a patient’s manifest complaints, subjective concerns and familial dispositions. A professional diagnosis includes a detailed discussion of the patient’s medical history, a comprehensive physical examination, and other equipment-based tests. In many cases the diagnosis is the first step, allowing a treatment plan to be compiled and a hospital stay prepared.

While many diagnostic procedures can be performed on an ambulatory basis, invasive measures require a hospital stay. In some cases, it may make sense for a patient to be admitted as an inpatient so that several analyses can be carried out on consecutive days. To reduce travel and waiting times, many hospitals offer inpatient diagnostic services for the patient’s convenience.

Diagnostics can also be part and parcel of preventive medicine. From the age of 55, for example, German health insurance companies will pay for patients to undergo a colonoscopy and for a general medical check-up every two years. The aim is to detect common conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, renal disorders or diabetes at an early stage. Exercise, a healthy diet and measures designed to reduce stress can also play an important part in combating the causes of some diseases. The attending doctor summarizes the examination findings in an easily comprehensible report and gives the patient specific recommendations and advice.

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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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