Germany

Dear colleagues, you are receiving a patient of German origin.
Here is a list of useful information to know in the context of his medical care.

General Information

Distance from Paris ✈ Berlin: 1,054 km
83 million inhabitants / Average salary: $3,209 per month
Literacy rate: 99.9% / Life expectancy: 81 years
Spoken language : German

● Germany is known for the collective discipline of its people.
● They generally think as a group, for the community, and are generally very supportive.
● In Germany, since 2015, a second medical opinion is mandatory if a serious illness is detected.
● The most common diseases are: tick-borne encephalitis, Covid-19 and Zika.

Communication

A group of German citizens

● Germans prefer clear, explicit and effective communication.
● German people are straightforward when communicating, letting little of their emotions show.

Beliefs, Practices & Rituals

Germany collected $610 million in "religious taxes" in 2018

● Germany is a secular country but retains a strong influence of the Catholic Church.
● Germans place a high value on punctuality.

Dietary Habits

Friendly meal with friends in a garden

● Germany is, on a global scale, a large consumer of meat (about 60 kg per capita per year).
● Dishes usually consist of meat, fish (especially in the northern regions), potatoes, vegetables, cheese and bread.
● Germans usually eat only one hot meal a day, usually at noon.
● The evening meal traditionally consists of various kinds of bread, cold cuts, cheese, and salad.

Pregnancy and motherhood

Newborns in Germany

● In Germany, abortion is permitted up to 12 weeks from conception and beyond if the woman’s health is in danger or as a result of rape.
● More and more German women are choosing to give birth in birthing centers rather than in hospitals.

End-of-life care

Many Germans who do not have the necessary pension, move to Slovakia or Hungary because retirement homes are more affordable there

● In some cases, the German state cannot deny a patient access to anesthetics in order to end their life painlessly and with dignity.
Organ donation is possible. Germany is in fact part of the Eurotransplant network (with Belgium, Croatia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Slovenia and Hungary).
● Germans generally conceptualize death rationally and can thus accept it more easily, as inevitable.

Examples of Cases Encountered

This section allows us to share real-life experiences. Feel free to share yours with the community.

This section allows us to share experiences. Feel free to share yours with the community.

● Connexion-emploi.com - Communicating with Germans 5 tips to avoid the wrong steps
● Bebeson.fr - Pregnancy in Germany
● France24.com - Germany is about to decide on assisted suicide
● Lemonde.fr - Organ donation in Germany conservatives and left united against presumed consent.
● Liberation.fr

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