Leading medical metropolis
Hamburg is acknowledged as being one of Europe’s leading medical metropolises, thanks in part to the city’s more than 50 hospitals which offer international top-class medicine, and in part to its extremely vibrant healthcare industry. Between 2010 and 2013, the number of healthcare companies in Hamburg grew by approximately 15 percent – today some 7,000 companies operate in this sector. In total, over 132,000 people in Hamburg are employed in the healthcare industry – roughly the same number as work in the traditional port sector.
Growing healthcare industry
In view of current demographic trends, experts believe that the industry will continue to see strong growth, which is why Hamburg’s government has been promoting this dynamic sector with particular intensity for many years. The political objective is for collaboration between research and teaching, business and politics, associations and interest groups to promote sustainable business models and innovations which enable exemplary healthcare.
International and interconnected
Furthermore, a targeted internationalization concept is designed to make the services offered by Hamburg’s healthcare sector even more easily accessible to international partners. For example, cooperation agreements with Arab countries make the bilateral transfer of knowledge possible as well as close personal links between researchers and doctors, which benefit Arab patients in Hamburg. The city also enjoys close ties to the Russian Federation thanks in particular to the fact that Hamburg has been twinned with St. Petersburg ever since 1957. Building on this, the Hanse Office in St. Petersburg was opened in 2005, allowing joint projects in the area of healthcare to be pursued between Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and St. Petersburg. This makes it even easier for Russian patients to come to Hamburg – nowadays they like to take advantage of the services offered by Hamburg’s hospitals when for instance they would otherwise have to wait too long for treatment in their home country.