In the 2,000 or so hospitals in Germany, the flat organisational hierarchies and intensive collaboration between specialist departments mean that patients receive comprehensive treatment at the cutting edge of research. Many hospitals have also set up additional services for international patients.
West German Diabetes Clinic and Health Centre in the Düsseldorf Catholic Hospital Group
As well as offering comprehensive treatment to sufferers of diabetes mellitus, the West German Diabetes Clinic and Health Centre (WDGZ) in Düsseldorf carries out regular check-ups, remote monitoring by telemedics and behavioural therapies for at-risk patients. The centre is under the supervision of Professor Stephan Martin, a leading expert in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and treatment of diabetes mellitus.
The HELIOS ENDO Hospital in Hamburg is Europe's largest specialist centre for bone, joint and spinal surgery. Every year the HELIOS ENDO medical staff help restore mobility to more than 6,700 people. The ENDO Hospital is a global leader in the treatment of prosthetic infections. It is also a pioneer and the biggest institution of its kind in the world for endoprosthetic surgery, performing nearly 5,600 of these operations a year.
The German Heart Centre Munich (DHM), part of Munich University of Technology, is one of the world's most modern specialist centres for the treatment of cardiovascular disease in adults and children. An early milestone was the first successful heart transplant in Germany, which took place on 7 May 1981.
endogap Joint Replacement Institute at Garmisch-Partenkirchen Hospital
The endogap Joint Replacement Institute at Garmisch-Partenkirchen Hospital is one of the top five specialist endoprosthetic hospitals in Germany. As one of the few hospitals of this kind worldwide, it has specialised in treating hip and knee joint complaints for over 40 years – and has carried out more than 40,000 operations during that time.
German Paediatric Heart Centre (DKHZ) at Asklepios Children's Hospital in St. Augustin
The German Paediatric Heart Centre (DKHZ) in St. Augustin near Bonn specialises in the treatment of congenital heart defects, from birth right up to adulthood. For many years now, a team of highly skilled doctors and medical staff have been working together under one roof to cure children with heart conditions. This concentration of expertise is hugely important in the treatment of the diverse and often rare congenital heart defects that are presented here.
The Charité in Berlin is one of the largest university hospitals in Europe. Over half of Germany's Noble Prize winners for medicine and physiology are associated with the Charité, among them Emil von Behring, Robert Koch and Paul Ehrlich. In addition to the 17 large 'CharitéCentres', there are also numerous specialist clinics.
Alpenklinik Santa Maria in Oberjoch in the Allgäu Alps, run by an Augsburg-based Catholic youth welfare organisation, specialises in paediatric allergology, skin problems (in particular neurodermatitis), pulmonology and obesity. The team comprises paediatricians, paediatric psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, medical technical assistants, paediatric nurses and paediatric tutors.