Find an English-speaking doctor in Berlin near you

Being an expat doesn’t protect you from medical checks unfortunately. Whether you caught a bad fever in the U-Bahn, needs to see a gynecologist or have a particular condition to tend to, it’s never easy to find a doctor you can trust. Let’s not even start about finding the right German vocabulary to attempt to describe what you have! Sometimes, it’s just easier to talk to an English-speaking doctor in Berlin.

English speaking doctors in Berlin

Choosing your doctor is an extremely important decision. It’s a trusted ally to keep your body and mind fit, whether you are old or young, a woman or a man, with a good or bad immune system. All the general considerations that goes into picking are made even more complicated by the fact that your German skills haven’t allowed you to discuss anatomy or perceptions details. This decision is just too important.

Let’s face it: the language barrier is still there when it come to medical conversations

I ran into the same problems when i needed to see an English-speaking doctor in Berlin to be able to convey exactly the symptoms i was suffering from (a back related pain due to my poor sitting position at the desk & my lack of athletic activities, it turned out).

Finding an English-speaking doctor in Berlin is pretty easy

If you need to see an English-speaking doctor in Berlin, it’s very easy. There is a database called Ärtze Berlin that lists almost all of them on this website. Simply enter your Bezirk, the specialty you are looking for and specify the language. You can even switch tabs and look for a precise therapy area if you need that.

A similar service is available on the KV Berlin website if you don’t find what you want on the first portal.

Those databases are pretty neat, and most important of all: up-to-date !

You can also find doctors that speak your own language too

That same database allows to find not only an English-speaking doctor in Berlin, but also one that speaks Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic, Farsi, Turkish, etc.

However, it’s also generally a good idea to look at your embassy’s website. They often have a list of recommended doctors. It might sometimes not be up-to-date but doctors practices are fairly stable businesses, so there isn’t much risk giving them a call. Some other lists that i found on the web were:

If you know about lists for other languages, do let me know in the comments; i will add it to this page.

Others doctor-related things to know in Germany

Notruf – Emergency numbers:

When you have a grave accident at home or outside and can’t go to the hospital, you can call 112 from any phone to call for an ambulance. This number is the emergency number everywhere in the E.U. Don’t worry about German here, there will probably be a doctor or a nurse to take care of you in English once at the hospital.

If you feel like you need an English-speaking doctor for a medical emergency that doesn’t need to rush you to the hospital, you also can call 116 117. You will be connected to a central call-center that can guide you to the nearest practice operating outside of normal working hours.

The road often starts with a general practitioner before the specialist

If you know you need a specialist to treat a certain condition you have, don’t go to one directly or else your Krankenkasse might not cover it. It is best to go first to a general practitioner for an early diagnostic. If you need a specialist, he/she will give an “Überweisung”, a referral to go and see one. This little extra step makes sure your Krankenkasse covers it.

What if i’m just a tourist here and don’t have German health insurance?

If you are an EU citizen, you probably have a EHIC card that allows to benefit from the same coverage than at least what locals have. In some countries, this card is included with your domestic one, in others you have to ask for it. It’s for free.

If you are not an EU citizen, you might want to book a travel insurance or something similar to offset any costs that might occur. If it’s an emergency of course, no English-speaking doctor in Berlin will refuse to see you.

Some basic vocabulary to get you going if you need some:

  • Artzt : Doctor
  • Zahnarzt, Augenarzt: Dentist, Eye doctor
  • Termin : Appointment
  • Not : Emergency
  • Es ist dringend: It is an emergency

Good luck and get better soon.


  • Reply Andy Thielmann 15/12/2020 at 12:02

    Hello I am looking for an english speaking doctor that can renew my prescriptions for my anxiety disorder near wedding

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 18/12/2020 at 13:55

      You can use the links in the post to search for one.

  • Reply Vahid 28/11/2019 at 12:53

    Hey, first of all, thanks for the information. I have a list of Persian speaking doctors. Should I first go to a general practitioner and if I need a specialist, ask him/her to give me a referral to a Persian speaking doctor from the list?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 29/11/2019 at 09:38

      Hey Vahid. If you need to see a specialist, your GP can simply give you a prescription for it. You are then free to pick your own specialist afterward.

  • Reply Sue 08/11/2019 at 14:57

    Nice! But is there any doctor who can speak Chinese in Berlin? I want to have a blood test to find out whether I have diabetes…

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 23/11/2019 at 15:18

      Hey Sue. You can use the search engine i linked to for that.

  • Reply Morana 17/09/2019 at 14:43

    First of all, I love your site! -Thank you!
    In regards to doctors. I am looking for a family doctor =Allgemeinmedizin/Praktischer Arzt in Berlin (found some English speaking ones) and I am wondering whether you need to choose just one -register at one particular office/doctor or you can choose to go to another doctor every time you need to? I am asking because in Croatia, you have just one general doctor with whom you are registered with and during that registration you cannot go to any other general doctor.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 23/09/2019 at 16:21

      Hey Morana. You can do to different doctors.

  • Reply Gila 31/07/2019 at 20:45

    Hi, we moved with the 6 weeks baby to Berlin and we have KT insurance, how do I get an appointment with the paediatrician?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 05/08/2019 at 11:04

      Hey Gila. Just like any other doctor, Just give them a call. Beware though; there is a big shortage of it, so they might want to take on more kids.

  • Reply Kat 23/07/2019 at 14:15

    I need some help. I have a bunion in my left foot and it’s hurting a lot lately. I have few questions about it. What kind of doctor should I visit for that, Podiatrist, Traumatologist, Orthopedist? And do you know anyone who speaks English?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 23/07/2019 at 20:45

      Hey Kat. In my opinion, an Orthopedist would be the right specialist but you can always to a general doctor so they canfirm it. You can use the search engine to know if they speak Englihs

  • Reply Tiago 10/06/2019 at 07:54

    On this site, you can find a list of professionals who speak English in Berlin

  • Reply Kat 30/09/2018 at 21:18

    Hey, I am very confused by the EHIC and its real coverage.. So, does it only cover ‘necessary’ treatment? or what does this exactly mean?emergency rooms?or as you mention, I can visit a GPs and gynecologists too, if needed? Thanks so much for your response! Also, if you have specific doctors to offer because of your experiences, would you mind please posting? Thanks!

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 05/10/2018 at 10:07

      Hey Kat. This means that you should obtain equal coverage to locals; seeing a GP and a gynecologist is no issue.

  • Reply Matang 28/06/2018 at 22:54

    Hey .. what is the difference between ‘Cash patients’, ‘private patients’ and ‘self-payers’? I found that some doctors have appointments really quick for these category patients?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 06/07/2018 at 21:57

      Hi there. I have never heard of the difference before. I mean, there is private and public, that’s simple enough. Aren’t cash patients a subset of self-payers?

    • Reply K 29/05/2019 at 10:46

      Welcome to German administration ;)…I’m a German native, so maybe I can help you out here: “Cash patients” are every type of patiets who are paying in cash, no matter if you have an insurance or not, for example some tests are not covered by the insurane or the patient just want to avoid recording in the file. “Privat-Patienten” are the ones having an private insurance, and not being part of the public health service, for the doctor that means he/she get their payment faster. “Selbst-Zahler” are similar to the first group, but here they can also using a card. Best K

      • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 01/06/2019 at 14:46

        Thanks K.

  • Reply Tt 08/12/2017 at 01:55

    But how do you vet doctors? The database could show dozens. Yelp reviews, Google maps reviews, phone calls, referrals?!

  • Reply Chigozie 23/10/2017 at 16:40

    Thanks, pls can you help me find Doctors that speaks Igbo language . Link me if any

  • Reply Josip 08/08/2017 at 08:52

    Great help, tnx, just check the link, there is unnecessary “3” in the end of it.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 08/08/2017 at 13:05

      Fixed. Thank you.

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