Health City Berlin / Germany

Berlin Health Care City

Health treatment in Berlin has a long tradition. The Charité hospital as well as scientists such as Robert Koch, Rudolf Virchow and Ferdinand Sauerbruch affected German and intenational health-science. In addition to basic medical care, there are numerous facilities for specialized treatment which are used not only by the people of Berlin. There are the Max Delbrück Centrum (Max Delbrück Centrum für Molekulare Medizin in Berlin Buch), the German Heart Center (Deutsche Herzzentrum), transplant and laser medicine, bone marrow transplants and the use of computer-assisted operating techniques in mouth, jaw and face operations.
Berlin forms Germany's largest centre of medical activity.

There are some key location advantages on Berlin health care city are an outstanding international scientific environment, excelent supply networks and leading medical facilities, over 120 hospitals in Berlin-Brandenburg, R&D test-market for pharmaceutical products, medical devices and materials, cooperations on basic research, development and application enabled by companies and research institutes, cooperation between medicine, biotechnology, chemistry and optical technology.

Facts on Berlin:

Berlin is the largest city of Germany and also constitutes one of Germany 16 states (Bundesländer). Berlin became the capital of Germany in 1871. From 1945 until 1990 Berlin was a divided city. Following the defeat of the Nazi regime in World War II (1939-1945), the victorious Allied Powers (United States, Britain, France, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)) divided Germany into four zones, each occupied by one of the Allied Powers. They also divided Berlin. In 1949 East Berlin became the capital of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), the capital of West Germany (Federal Republic of Germany) was established in the city of Bonn. In 1990, following the collapse of Communism in the USSR and East Germany, Germany was reunified, and a united Berlin was declared its capital.

Gesundheitsstadt Berlin Website

Ca. 150 companies manifacturing medical technology in Berlin, the emphasis on cardiology, laser-medicine, minimal invasive medicine, radiation therapy and biomedicine (for companies see:, Centre of Medical Technology Berlin). The total sales of Berlin's health market are ca. 17,44 billion Euro. 16% of GDP is spent on health, the national average is 11%. Berlin offers the highest hospital density in Germany with 68.8 beds per 10.000 inhabitants.

The costs of health care made structural changes necessary. The number of hospital beds, for instance, has been reduced to around 22,000. Despite this reduction, patient care will continue to be secured.

In order to promote the location of Berlin as eminently respectable health city, the association "Gesundheitsstadt Berlin e.V" (Health-City Berlin) was founded in 2003 by Senator Ulf Fink and other highly respected players in health-services. The Gesundheitsstadt Berlin e.V suports close co-operation between all medical facilities, such as physicians offering outpatient care, hospitals, and nursing homes, in order to improve quality and, at the same time, to make it affordable.

FR, 2005-11-14

Berlin Arzt/Zahnarzt Berlin (german)

Large Pharma Companies in Berlin:
Schering: 5800 employees
Berlin Chemie (Menarini Group): 1200 employees
Sanofi/Aventis: 600 employees
Dr. Mann Pharma Bausch and Lomb: 400 employees

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