The medical profession in Germany is quite unique. As opposed to some countries where help can often be found in larger medical centres and specialists in hospitals, German doctors are mostly in their own practice or a small partnership.
Having an ailment treated can therefore become quite a task. General practitioners (Allgemeinarzt) normally treat most illnesses then refer patients to the relevant specialist when deemed necessary. Bureaucratic realities and forever changing regulations try the patience of both patients and doctors.
A local doc can be searched by selecting the type via the “Arztsuche” with the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Nordrhein. Doctors that focus on children (Kinderarzt), ear nose and throat (Hals- Nasen- und Ohrenarzt), ophthalmology (Augenarzt), gynaecology (Frauenarzt) and so on, can also be found. Insurance companies can suggest names in a particular location but not give recommendations.
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