If you do not already know German, you could be the most driven of students….optimistic, hard-working, determined, and yet when suddenly you need to see a doctor, it seems to go out the window.  I would recommend that you plan early for a range of doctors whom you can communicate with in your own language, before you need them.  We’ve had the scary experience of needing sudden medical care, and not being able to communicate with the doctors to tell them what is wrong, what your history is, and they can’t communicate with you either.  This inevitably leads to unnecessary procedures and unnecessary expense of time and money.  In my opinion, the doctor’s office isn’t a preferrable place to be learning German by immersion.

To see a doctor you will pay 10 euros per quarter. When you pay your money they will give you a pink receipt.  Keep it- if you go to the doctor again in the next few months you will need to show it to them to not have to pay again.  If you need to see a specialist, you will generally need to get a referral from your general medicine doctor.

Here are a few personal recommendations for English-speaking doctors in Bielefeld.  I have only listed people I have personally gone to and had a good experience.

Dr. med. Friedrich Hartog/ Christine Gass – Gynocology, Obstetrics (Frauenheilkunde und Geburtshilfe)

Kiskerstr. 15, 33615 Bielefeld                 Phone: 0521 9643228

Both doctors speak English, but not all of the receptionists do.

Dr. med. Peter Braunstein – Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist (Hals-, Nasen-, Ohrenheilkunde)

Jahnplatz 10, 33602 Bielefeld                 Phone: 0521 5217151

Very caring doctor, and made time for us on very short notice.  Quickly diagnosed and fixed a serious problem two other doctors failed to properly diagnose.

Dr. med. Andreas Kühle – General Medicine, and Allergy Specialist (Allgemeinmedizin/Allergologie)

Wertherstr. 444, 33619 Bielefeld             Phone: 0521 101542

This doctor and his receptionist are great, and I have never had to wait for an appointment…he usually gets me in the next day.

http://www.kvwl.de/earzt   This website allows you to search for a doctor in the entire Westfalen-Lippe area.  You can enter search criteria, including the type of doctor, your address, and your preferred language.  You should always confirm that the doctor takes your insurance before making an appointment.