Healthcare in Munich

Vaccines and Medecines in Munich

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At the hospital

Below is a list of some of the main hospitals located in Munich.



At the pharmacy

In Germany, pharmacies are known as Apotheke and are denoted by a large red A. There are two types of medication: freely-available drugs and prescription only medicines, which require a prescription (Rezept) from a doctor.

Prescriptions are very strict in Germany. Even medicines like antibiotics etc that you might be able to buy over the counter in your country will need a doctor’s prescription here. Also note that you will always need to pay the whole cost for non-prescription drugs. Medicines in Germany are among the most expensive in Europe, so bring a supply of non-prescription painkillers, cold remedies and other items with you.

Opening hours of pharmacies are as follows: Weekdays 09:00-18:30, Saturdays 09:00-13:00 (sometimes -16.00). For emergencies, there is always at least one pharmacy open in every area day and night.



Update 2/04/2008


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