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.
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.
● Germans prefer clear, explicit and effective communication.
● German people are straightforward when communicating, letting little of their emotions show.
Beliefs, Practices & Rituals
● Germany is a secular country but retains a strong influence of the Catholic Church.
● Germans place a high value on punctuality.
● 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
● 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.
● 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
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● 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.