Everyone in Germany is required to have health insurance and there are a lot of health insurance companies to choose from. You can decide which Krankenkasse (health insurance company) you want to register with yourself.
- If you have a job or receive social security benefits, your employer or the job centre can also register you with a health insurance company.
- You can find a list of statutory health insurance companies here: www.krankenkassen.de/gesetzliche-krankenkassen/
- If one parent already has health insurance, their spouse and children can be insured as family members free-of-charge with the same health insurance company.
You will receive a health insurance card (Krankenversichertenkarte) which you must take with you every time you visit a doctor.
Good to know: Civil servants, high earners and freelancers can register with a private health insurance company in Germany.