Generally speaking, you should contact the hospital of your choice, where the International Office will handle initial enquiries and all questions relating to treatment and services. If a hospital does not have an International Office, please address your enquiries to the central switchboard, though it cannot be guaranteed that staff there will speak English, Arabic or Russian. People from the Arab Gulf please contact our Medical Consultant ind Dubai, Dr. Younis Albalooshi (healthcare(at)hamburg-tourism(dot)de). Having trained in medicine in the United Arab Emirates, his job is to recommend a suitable hospital to patients from the Arab Gulf states who are interested in undergoing treatment in Hamburg.
As a rule, the prices of medical services in Germany are defined by the public reimbursement schemes and set out in a catalogue. German patients who have health insurance receive virtually all of these services through their insurance cover. For international patients, hospitals have to calculate their own prices on the basis of this catalogue – please enquire about the prices directly when applying for medical treatment.
Generally speaking, all citizens of non-EU states require a visa to visit Germany. For some countries, among them the Russian Federation, a “visa facilitation” scheme is in place, including shorter application periods and lower fees. Nationals of all other countries must apply to Germany’s Federal Foreign Office for a visa in good time before arriving in Germany, cf. Website Foreign Office.
The easiest way to find a certified interpreter is on the Internet, e.g. on this Website.