Germany Health Care System: You’re Covered!

Germany has Europe’s oldest universal health care insurance system, with origins dating back to Otto Von Bismarck’s Social Legislation.

It included the Health Insurance Bill of 1883, Accident Insurance Bill of 1884, and Old Age and Disability Insurance Bill of 1889.

As mandatory health insurance, it has gradually expanded to cover the great majority of the population.

The top diagnosis for male patients was heart disease, followed by alcohol-related disorders and hernias. For women, the top diagnoses related to pregnancies, breast cancer, and heart weakness.

Widespread smoking also has a deleterious impact on health. Obesity in Germany has been increasingly cited as a major health issue in recent years, Germany has the highest number of overweight people in Europe.