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:

  • 85 hospitals with more than 20,570 beds (2018)
  • roughly 51,000 hospital employees cared for more than 870,000 patients (2018)
  • more than 23,600 actively employed physicians, including more than 5,480 working in internal and general medicine
  • about 770 public pharmacies

(Sources: Statistical Office for Berlin-Brandenburg, Statista, 2020 - information for 2019 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:

  • the Berlin fire department (Berliner Feuerwehr)
  • Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Landesverband Berlin e.V.
  • ASB Rettungsdienst Berlin gGmbH
  • Deutsche Rote Kreuz Landesverband Berliner Rotes Kreuz e.V.
  • DRK Rettungsdienst Berlin gGmbH
  • Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V., Berlin regional association 
  • Malteser Hilfsdienst e.V. in the state of Berlin 
  • Malteser Hilfsdienst gGmbH in the state of Berlin

ADAC Luftrettung gGmbH and DRF Stiftung Luftrettung gAG is responsible for air rescue within the state of Berlin. 

Water rescue services in the state of Berlin are managed by four control centres and 37 water rescue stations of which 76 rescue boats patrol the waterways of Berlin. These are supported by the following charities:

  • Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund, Landesverband Berlin e. V.
  • Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft, Landesverband Berlin e. V.
  • Deutsches Rotes Kreuz, Landesverband Berliner Rotes Kreuz e. V.

Patient transport within the state of Berlin is carried out by charities and around 80 private patient transport companies. Together, they undertake between 920,000 to 950,000 patient transports. 

(Source: Senate for internal affairs and sport)

University medical faculty in Berlin

The 17 Charité sites comprise around 100 clinics and institutes. The four Berlin campi have an area of around 505,000 square metres with about 3,000 beds. The Charité is one of Berlin’s largest employers with 15,500 employees. 4,454 scientists and doctors as well as 290 professors research the future of medicine in Berlin there. More than 8,000 students belong to Charité. Each year, around 790 students successfully graduate from the university. There are also 644 training positions in 9 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:, information for 2019)

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