Berlin is the centre of health and science with a tradition dating back more than 300 years. The capital has a tight and highly specialised supply network:
- 87 hospitals with more than 20,000 beds (2019)
- roughly 51,000 hospital employees cared for more than 870,000 patients (2018)
- more than 23,000 actively employed physicians, including more than 5,000 working in internal and general medicine
- about 770 public pharmacies
(Sources: Statistical Office for Berlin-Brandenburg, Berlin Chamber of Physicians, 2021 - information for 2020 if not otherwise indicated)
Clinics are available for specific illnesses with areas specialising in paediatrics, eyes or dentistry. The Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin hospital is the right port of call for accidents. Outpatient clinics assume a large part of the burden for ambulatory treatments. Some private clinics support the state services of Berlin’s hospitals and clinics.
The emergency services are available for emergency rescues and ensure safe patient transport by road, water and air. The emergency services in the state of Berlin with the use of ambulances and intensive care vehicles are carried out by:
- die the Berlin fire department (Berliner Feuerwehr) (in German)
- der Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Landesverband Berlin e.V. (in German)
- die ASB Rettungsdienst Berlin gGmbH (in German)
- das Deutsche Rote Kreuz Landesverband Berliner Rotes Kreuz e.V. (in German)
- die DRK Rettungsdienst Berlin gGmbH (in German)
- die Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V., Regionalverband Berlin (in German)
- der Malteser Hilfsdienst e.V. im Land Berlin (in German)
- die Malteser Hilfsdienst gGmbH im Land Berlin (in German)
Water rescue services in the state of Berlin are managed by the following charities:
- Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund, Landesverband Berlin e. V. (in German)
- Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft, Landesverband Berlin e. V. (in German)
- Deutsches Rotes Kreuz, Landesverband Berliner Rotes Kreuz e. V. (in German)
Patient transport within the state of Berlin is carried out by charities and around 80 private patient transport companies. Together, they undertake up to 950,000 patient transports.
(Source: Senate for internal affairs and sport)
University medical faculty in Berlin
The four Berlin campi of the Charité comprise 17 CharitéCenters and around 100 clinics and institutes. The Charité is one of Berlin’s largest employers with more than 16,000 employees. About 4,700 scientists and doctors as well as roughly 300 professors research the future of medicine in Berlin there. More than 8,000 students belong to Charité. Each year, around 800 students successfully graduate from the university. There are also roughly 580 training positions in 10 healthcare professions.
Charité is a secure partner for commercial enterprises. As a result of its excellent position as a hospital provider, research and training facility, it is able to innovatively shape future-oriented partnerships. Berlin’s university medical faculty in various forms together with companies from the healthcare industry, patient care and biomedicine.
(Source: www.charite.de, information for 2020)