Having a full medical check-up

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My mother suggested that I go for a full medical checkup soon as my family has much history with diabeties, cholesterol, heart desises... The only problem is that I'm in Germany! I have no idea what kind of doctor to book an appointment with. Is it normaly 1 doctor who does everything, or do I have to go from doctor to doctor? And if I have to book many appointments with different doctors, what does a full medical check up consists of? And is this all covered by my insurance (TKK)?

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You probably want a 'Facharzt für Allgemeinemedizin' (general practitioner). Start there and if there's something they can't do themselves, they'll give you an Überweisung (referral) to any specialists. Insurance coverage is generally very comprehensive here, but ask if you'll incur any extra charges for the specific tests (they're usually very good about telling you ahead of time).

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Depending on your age, your insurance should pay for a Gesundheitscheck, as they call it here, every couple of years. My regular doctor (Hausarzt) does all the exams and testing in his office. If you don't have a regular doc, call up an Allgemeinmediziner, as Sprudeln mentioned or an Internist and ask for an appointment.

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I am not sure whether it "depends on your age". I think you are entitled to a yearly check up from your insurance. Many people don't avail of it .. until they reach a "certain" age. Whatever that age is, is up to you.

 

I go to the gyno once a year. Dentist twice a year. I usually went to my GP (Internist in my case. I think they are considered-ish the same as Allgemeinarzt) when I had something wrong .. and had the check up at the same time. This year (I guess I have reached that age) I made an appointment for a check up without any reason.

 

If you do not have a doctor, why not ask here if anyone could recommend one where you live. Nothing better than having a good doctor.

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I am not sure whether it "depends on your age". I think you are entitled to a yearly check up from your insurance.

I just checked this again and the Gesundheitscheck (which is different from the Krebsvorsorge) is paid for every two years after the age of 35. Women 20 and over and men 45 and over are entitled to a yearly Krebsvorsorge exam. I also go to my gyno twice a year and insurance pays for this so there may be a few differences.

 

Because the OP is under 35 it would be best for her to check with her insurance provider as to exactly what would be covered if she wanted to have a complete physical done. Her family history would be taken into consideration.

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My mother suggested that I go for a full medical checkup soon as my family has much history with diabeties, cholesterol, heart desises... The only problem is that I'm in Germany!

 

According to your profile you are 27 years of age and you say that your mother has suggested you go for a full medical and your problem is that you are in Germany. Believe me, your being in Germany is the LEAST of your problems.

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Are you planning any trips home soon, maybe during the holidays? Maybe you can get a checkup scheduled with your family doctor back home in the coming months? If you just have a lack of deutsch communication skills, most German doctors speak english if you can get past the staff and schedule an appointment. Another tactic is to find a local doctor, get to the office early (as soon as they open the door), and see if you can wiggle your way in to an open or cancelled slot. If you have private insurance or pay cash they'll move you up the queue. Good luck.

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Nope, a full physical takes time and you definitely need an appointment because they have to schedule all the tests and procedures. They won't do it on a drop in basis.

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To be super late to this post, I'm 27 and never had a medical checkup in DE before, and am overdue for one. According to this:

https://www.tk.de/techniker/gesundheit-und-medizin/praevention-und-frueherkennung/gesundheits-check-up-2010258

if I understand correctly from the ages of 18 to 35 you're allotted ONE medical checkup, that you can have whenever you want? i.e. if you choose to have it at age 19, you'll have to wait until 35 (or pay for it)?

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8 hours ago, Pandekage said:

To be super late to this post, I'm 27 and never had a medical checkup in DE before, and am overdue for one. According to this:

https://www.tk.de/techniker/gesundheit-und-medizin/praevention-und-frueherkennung/gesundheits-check-up-2010258

if I understand correctly from the ages of 18 to 35 you're allotted ONE medical checkup, that you can have whenever you want? i.e. if you choose to have it at age 19, you'll have to wait until 35 (or pay for it)?

 

Yes that's what it says. After 35 it's every 3 yrs.

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That seems so strange. In the US it’s an annual checkup.  Seems to me that’s a far better way to stay on top of things. 

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You can get some cancer related things checked up on every year - https://www.gesundheit.de/medizin/vorsorge/gesund-leben/gesundheitscheck

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Vorsorgeuntersuchungen zur Früherkennung von Krebs

Oft wird der Gesundheits-Check-up mit – je nach Alter unterschiedlichen – Krebsvorsorgeuntersuchungen zur Erkennung von Krebs gekoppelt. Die Kosten der im Folgenden aufgeführten Leistungen werden von den Krankenkassen übernommen:

Für Frauen:

  • Ab 20 Jahren einmal jährlich Untersuchung auf Gebärmutterhalskrebs
  • Ab 30 Jahren einmal jährlich Untersuchung auf Brustkrebs mittels Abtastung, von 50 bis 69 Jahren alle zwei Jahre Einladung zur Mammographie

Für Männer:

Für Männer und Frauen:

  • Ab 35 Jahren alle zwei Jahre Untersuchung auf Hautkrebs
  • Von 50 bis 54 Jahren einmal jährlich Untersuchung auf Dickdarmkrebs mittels Stuhlprobenuntersuchung (Test auf okkultes Blut), ab 55 Jahren alle zwei Jahre, wenn man nicht zur Koloskopie (Darmspiegelung) geht
  • Für Männer ab 50 Jahren und Frauen ab 55 Jahren kann die Darmkrebsvorsorge mittels Dickdarmspiegelung erfolgen (einmalige Wiederholung nach zehn oder mehr Jahren)

    Mehr zum Thema: https://www.gesundheit.de/medizin/vorsorge/gesund-leben/gesundheitscheck

 

And it used to be a full check-up every 2 years after 35 but this looks to have changed to 3 years now - https://www.aerztezeitung.de/Politik/Check-up-35-kuenftig-nur-noch-alle-drei-Jahre-230916.html

 

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Die Gesundheitsuntersuchung (Check-up 35) soll in Zukunft zielgenauer eingesetzt werden als bisher. Zu diesem Zweck wird nach einem Beschluss des Gemeinsamen Bundesausschusses (GBA), über den die Kassenärztliche Bundesvereinigung berichtet, das Untersuchungsintervall von zwei auf drei Jahre verlängert. An einigen Punkten wird die Leistung zudem erweitert: So sollen Ärzte beim Check-up künftig noch stärker als bisher gesundheitliche Risiken und Belastungen erfassen und bewerten, um rechtzeitig Erkrankungen vorbeugen zu können.

 

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Life expectancy:

Germany: 81.2 years

United States: 78.9 years

 

Yearly check-ups don't seem to have an influence.

(surely a positive influence on the income of doctors)

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27 minutes ago, AnswerToLife42 said:

Life expectancy:

Germany: 81.2 years

United States: 78.9 years

 

Yearly check-ups don't seem to have an influence.

(surely a positive influence on the income of doctors)

I disagree. The statistics are of course skewed by the people at the bottom.  Your comparison only works if you compare between pools of people getting checkups.  It is ridiculous to say that yearly checkups don’t matter.  It is akin to saying „my grandpa smoked and drank vodka and lived to 90 - so I can do what I want“.  Outliers will exist.

 

Furthermore, US doctors are not making a bunch of money from annual checkups.  It’s peanuts. And once people are on Medicare it’s really peanuts.

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Annual checkups wont do any harm and could possibly uncover something that otherwise would have gone unnoticed so I would assume that they should help people live just a little longer on average.  I don't do them though.  I don't even do the every 3 years checkup.  My last was probably 10 yrs. ago because I had a GP who wanted me to do it.  The current GP is a busy guy and I have to ask him if I want to do something.  I think I should, just whenever I think of it I don't have the time and when I have the time, I don't think of it.

 

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Two years ago a little cyst was found in my skull (MRI).

I just got a referral by my GP to a new MRI. (I always fall asleep in the tube)

If I would not have gotten it, I would pay it myself. It's only 300€ or so.

Better than a brain tumor that can't be removed.

I also had a coloscopy some years ago. My fears were worse than the actual examination.

Checkups are usefull, but every year?

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I worked in healthcare for 20 years as an SLP.  Annual checkups are in part the patients way of staying on top of things.  Also, when changes do occur and one has a timeline the information is extraordinarily helpful in diagnosing and executing a good treatment plan.  I am not talking about invasive testing, but rather things like routine bloodwork, skin checks, BP, weight, etc.  

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3 minutes ago, AnswerToLife42 said:

Two years ago a little cyst was found in my skull (MRI).

I just got a referral by my GP to a new MRI. (I always fall asleep in the tube)

If I would not have gotten it, I would pay it myself. It's only 300€ or so.

Better than a brain tumor that can't be removed.

I also had a coloscopy some years ago. My fears were worse than the actual examination.

Checkups are usefull, but every year?

A checkup is just that, a checkup.  As I said above it’s a way of staying on target with the routine things and it keeps the GP watching out too.

 

I get a colonoscopy every 5 years because my father and both of his brothers died of colon cancer.  I took care of my dying father and would do anything to avoid that.  It was an awful things to witness.

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