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Health and Social Security
Information for Immigrants
Information for Immigrants
If you become ill, you should go to a general doctor near your home, who will assist you and if necessary, advise if you should visit a specialist.
It is important to know that in Germany, as a general rule, medical insurance covers the costs of medical treatment, hospitalization or medication, except for the part that the patient must assume. For this reason, it is important to be covered by compulsory or private health insurance.
In Germany, most people are insured in the public health insurance funds. Up to a certain level of income this medical insurance is mandatory. If you earn more you can choose between voluntarily insuring yourself in a public health insurance fund or in a private one.
At the pharmacy you will receive the prescribed medications. There you must pay only a minimum part of the costs, maximum 10 euros. The rest is taken over by your health insurance. Medications for children and young people under 18 are free if they are prescribed by a doctor. If you are insured in a private health insurance, you must first pay the price of medical consultations and medications. You can then send the invoices to your medical insurance to reimburse the amount of expenses.
It is important to know that after an accident, in case of emergency or if you feel sick outside the hours of medical attention, you can call the emergency medical service or, in especially urgent cases, directly to the emergency services.
The most important telephone numbers nationwide. They are 112
Pharmacies also offer night or emergency service. Find current information about it in your local newspaper.
ASSISTANCE IN YOUR MATERNAL LANGUAGE
He still does not speak German very well and wants to go to a doctor who speaks his mother tongue? The association of doctors of the federal state in which you live can give you information about it. You can find the addresses and telephone numbers of these associations on the website www.kbv.de in the Service Arztsuche section
PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL SECRET
In principle, doctors can not give information related to you to third parties without your consent, or to public entities, or your employer, or your family members. This also applies partially to information about your children's health. For example, your 16-year-old daughter's gynecologist can not tell you the test results if your daughter has not authorized it.
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Preventive Medical Examinations and Vaccines
Many diseases can be treated with good results if they have been diagnosed early. Preventive medical examinations and early detection for children and adults are very useful for this. Thus, for example, women and men from the age of 35 can get a general medical examination every two years. Additionally, both men and women have the right to have periodic medical exams for the early detection of certain types of cancer. Medical insurance covers the cost of many preventive medical exams. Your doctor can tell you more about it.
Vaccines are one of the most important and effective protection measures. Modern vaccines are very well tolerated and protect against serious diseases. In Germany the application of all vaccines is voluntary, however, it is recommended to apply certain preventive vaccines. The costs are paid by medical insurance.
SANITARY PREVENTION AND CHILD VACCINATION
Since infectious diseases are particularly dangerous for infants and young children. It is recommended that your children receive the first shots at six weeks. Before they were two years old they should have received all the vaccines against the most important diseases.
In Germany, certain vaccines are recommended for infants, children, young adults and adults. These vaccines are grouped in a schedule of vaccines, which is available on the website of the Federal Center for Health Education www.bzga.de
REVIEW OF EARLY DETENTION IN CHILDREN
In Germany, standard screening reviews are carried out on children from birth to school age. These are the pediatric reviews U1 to U9. These periodic exams help diagnose and treat childhood developmental disorders and diseases early. The costs of these reviews are covered by medical insurance. They must be carried out in certain phases of the child's development. Although they are optional, it is important that they be carried out regularly to favor the development of children. Consult your children's pediatrician to obtain a specific appointment for this purpose.
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Guidance on HIV Aids and Information on Sexually Transmitted Diseases
There are diseases that can be contracted through sexual contact. For example HIV, hepatitis and syphilis. The use of condoms can protect against contagion.
Currently, in case of infection with HIV it is possible to receive treatment with excellent results. For this reason, it is important to carry out diagnostic tests in a timely manner. In the case of other STDs, the sooner they are diagnosed and treated, the easier and faster the treatment will be.
Inform yourself for free in the counseling centers or give the health delegations and come to make tests, the advice and the test can also be done anonymously.
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LIVING IN GERMANY
ENTER IN GERMANY
Demands on immigration matters.
About the regulation of conyge
German for professional purposes
INFORMATION AND ORIENTATION
Advice for adults
Advice for immigrant youth
Special programs and individualized advice
Attention to the citizen, federal immigration office
Internet as a source of information
RESIDENCE AND NATURALIZATION
Office for people belonging to the European Union
Office for people not coming from the European Union
Right of residence
Types of residence
WORK AND PROFESSION
Homologation of titles
Professional orientation, employment placement
Continuing professional training
Creation of a company and work on its own.
Housing LIVING PLACE
State aid social housing
Rentals and lease law
CHILDREN AND FAMILY
Pregnancy and protection of motherhood
Subsidy for childcare
Family benefit for dependent child
Options for child care
Dispute and crisis family violence
SCHOOL, PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION AND UNIVERSITY STUDIES
Types of School
Special educational support program
Requirements to access university studies
HEALTH AND PRECAUTION
Care in case of illness or accident
Care in your mother tongue
Preventive medical exams and vaccines
Health prevention and childhood vaccination
Sexually transmitted diseases assistance
Assistance in case of addictions and drug use
Assistance for disabled people
INSURANCE AND BANKS
Mandatory social security
Insurance for people and goods