Health and dental care in Germany

Health and dental care in Germany

by Stripes Europe Staff
Stripes Europe

During your time in Germany, you will need to see a doctor and dentist. With limited healthcare services on your installation, you may need to seek services on the economy.

You may feel nervous about going to a German provider, but there are things you can do to make this process easier.

TREATMENT DIFFERENCES

  • Many options are available to you, such as Western, Eastern and homeopathic techniques.
  • Talk with your doctor or patient liaison if you are in pain or are not responding well to these treatments.
  • German doctors may not always have a chaperone when examining a patient of the opposite sex. If you feel uncomfortable, ask
  • for an additional person in the room.
  • Rooms are usually double occupancy and may not have privacy curtains between beds.

PATIENT LIAISONS

Host-nation patient liaisons act as intermediaries between patients and doctors to help facilitate the best care possible. From the language barrier and insurance forms, to providing comfort to clients, patient liaisons can help you feel at ease in new surroundings.

Getting a patient liaison

  • Available through TRICARE and the Army Regional Health Command Europe.
  • Program is open to all DoD ID cardholders, including non-TRICARE members.
  • Find your local TRICARE Service Center and patient liaison, go online to www.tricare.mil/ContactUs/CallUs/TSC

DENTAL CARE

  • When space is not available, dependents must rely on German providers.
  • Through a voluntary dental program with TRICARE, military family members can receive
  • affordable dental care.
  • To locate a preferred provider, visit www.uccitdp.com/tp2opd/.
  • For information about TDP enrollment, claims or covered benefits, call 1-844-653-4060.

GIVING BIRTH IN GERMANY

Giving birth in a German hospital can be a very wonderful experience. Before delivery, you’ll be able to tour the hospital, as well as meet the staff.  It is vital that during your first months of pregnancy you make the necessary arrangements that are best for you and your family. During your pregnancy, you can receive prenatal care at your installation’s medical center.

Delivery options

  • Your installation’s closest German hospital.
  • Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.

First steps after giving birth:

  • Obtain your baby’s Social Security Number
  • Enroll your baby in DEERS
  • Contact local TRICARE office for enrollment information
  • Photos need to be taken for your baby’s passport
  • Get a no-fee U.S. passport
  • Get a U.S. tourist passport
  • Get a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), a birth certificate for babies born overseas
  • Add your baby in the Command Sponsorship Database

BE PREPARED

  • The mainline for all emergencies is 112.
  • Call the 24-hour nurse line at 0800-071-3511 for healthcare advice.
  • For urgent medications, look for the pharmacy with emergency hours for that day.
  • Always carry a list of medications and allergies, as well as your insurance card, ID card and local currency.
  • While traveling, all TRICARE beneficiaries can call the International SOS at 0800-723-4214 or the +44-20-8762-8133.
  • If you still need assistance, call your Commander or First Sergeant.
  • Call the American Red Cross for Emergency Communication Messages.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

  • Ambulance: 112
  • Fire: 112
  • Polizei (German Police): 110

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