Berlin is increasingly a destination for patients undergoing medical treatment outside their home country. The German capital region, with its more than 130 clinics, 70 rehab facilities, and around 140,000 hotel beds is an excellent location for medicine and research. Renowned clinics such as the German Heart Center, the Chartite – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, and the municipal hospital group Vivantes have also adapted to the needs of international patients with additional services such as multilingual contact persons, interculturally-trained staff, and special comfort areas.
Strong Economic Sector
This allows up to 21,000 international patients, often accompanied by relatives, to be treated in Berlin every year. They generate a turnover of approx. 100-150 million euros per year. The revenues of medical facilities amount to approximately 80-102 million euros, the turnover of the hotel industry amounts to 4-11 million euros, and that of commerce amounts to 10-15 million euros (see ”Potenzialstudie Medizintourismus Berlin-Brandenburg 2015”; only in German).
Part of the Master Plan
International patients are not only attractive for the clinics because of the additional income, they also use spare capacity. In addition, medical tourists usually choose higher-quality accommodations, take advantage of additional services, and stay longer on site than is the case, for example, with city travelers. By connecting providers and creating holistic treatment structures, the German capital region can benefit from medical tourism. The topic of “Medical Tourism” is therefore of great importance in the Master Plan for the Berlin-Brandenburg Healthcare Region.