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Maybe you don’t want to, but sometimes it might be necessary to see a physician. Wouldn’t it be great if he or she spoke your language?

We won’t give recommendations for specific physicians (that’s what the comments section are for), but we will point you in the right direction. Aerzte-Berlin.de might not look that appealing, but is a great source. Decide what kind of physician (Fachrichtung) you need to see, and in which district (Stadtbezirk) of Berlin. Then decide which language (Sprache) you want them to speak.

Another website where you can find physicians is the Kassenärztlichen Vereinigung Berlin. You cannot search for a language here, but you can be more specific in your search query. Arzt-Auskunft provides yet another way to find the right treatment for you. When you’ve found a physician at one of these sites, you can check on Aerzte-Berlin if they speak your language.

Hospitals in Berlin

If you’re searching for a hospital, the Berlin Hospital Directory is the place to go. Their website is available in English.

If you have public health insurance in one of the European Union’s 27 member states (or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) you’ll have the same access to the public sector health care as German nationals. This means a visit to a physician will cost you 10 euros. If you need the see a physician again during the current quarter you just have to show the receipt from your last visit, and it won’t cost you a dime more. You should be able to show your European Health Insurance Card and your passport at the physician’s office.