Scope of Frauenarzt services

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Sorry if this is a dumb question...but, I am finally getting around to finding docs for my hubby and me. I am a bit confused. Is a Frauenarzt a doc that handles ALL women's health issues? (i.e. I can have my yearly health check in addition at the same time as my gyno check?) Or, is this strictly an OB/GYN type of doc and I will need to find someone else for my normal health check?

 

I have had both types in the US, and would prefer one doc for "general health" if at all possible.

 

Thanks!

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your 'Frauenarzt' is strictly for checking your gynaecological issues.

for a normal health check you should find a general practitioner.

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Frauenarzt is 'just' your Ob/Gyn where you get your (female) reproduction system checked out. Just like your hubby would go to an Urologe for men issues.

 

Your GP would be an Allgemeinarzt or Hausarzt.

 

Two different kind of doctors. Also, if you or your husband are publicly health insured do not forget your referral documents once you have paid your 10,00 Euro Praxisgebühr per quarter. Exept for your visits at the dentist. There you'd have to pay another 10,00 Euro Praxisgebühr per quarter.

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What would your yearly health check include? There are some cutover points that your Frauenarzt will check (weight, blood pressure etc.) that aren't directly related to reproductive system...

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I don't have any sort of "annual check". But when I had a smear test, I had a bunch of general medicine tests (particularly useful imho is the bowel cancer check but also urine etc as well) but obviously not stuff like eye tests or vaccines. They rack up as a few Euros each on any private insurance bill.

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My gyno and my GP often do similar blood tests and once I figured this out, I stopped having the gyno do these tests and just leave it to the GP, then get a copy of all results so my gyno can put it into her files. just to make things easier, i'd rather have one doc have most of the paperwork.

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I was hoping to get my full blood-work (cholesteral, white blood cells, sugar, etc, etc...whatever the litany of tests that is normal for your yearly health check). Plus, need the girly-stuff done. Plus, I think at my age I need the bowel cancer, etc. I will need some vaccines (flu in the fall and would prefer the tick vaccine. Plus, heard that many need the booster for MMR...

 

So, sounds like maybe I need to go to a "normal" doc first for the normal physical. Then, get a referal to go to the Frauenarzt (we have TK public ins). There I will just need to get the "remaining" items on my list taken care of?

 

Thanks for your help!

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Perhaps head to the FA first see what they do? Mine also does some jabs and blood tests, plus the poo test for bowel cancer.

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My gyno never took blood tests, except when I was pregnant.

 

For this "yearly" check you need to go to your GP.

 

The insurance pays for these checks only every two years. I rang my doctor and was told that I would not have the check done until July - although they did ask me if I was having any problems.

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Dame Edna once desrcribed her gynecologist: "He's very old now, and his hands shake. Of course, that's not necessarily a drawback."

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Perhaps head to the FA first see what they do?

Problem is, because of health insurance referrals, you do need to go to the GP first and get a referral from them to go see the FA (Frauenarzt/Ob-Gyn).

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Hee hee.

 

So, is that 2-yr rule tied to an age? (i.e. over 40 you will have yearly checks?) Just curious as I am approaching that age and in the US you often get more tests (i.e. colonoscopy if you have a family history, mammogram, etc) Thanks!

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AFAIK, over 50 you start getting information about colon cancer... I was given this at my last visit, as "you are now 50". Plus a referral to some sort of public mammogram programme. No, not *in public* - but it's not at my doctor's office, but downtown somewhere. Not sure if this is different from Bundesland to Bundesland though - in Würzburg, I had my mammogram at the doc's office, here in Stuttgart I got a letter from some sort of official place inviting me to come for testing at a certain time.

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Problem is, because of health insurance referrals, you do need to go to the GP first and get a referral from them to go see the FA (Frauenarzt/Ob-Gyn).

 

It's important to remember that there's a free market in healthcare in Germany. You can buy what you want. You can have a bowel cancer test every week if you want or an annual health check when you are 20 or whatever - as long as you can ultimately pay the bill (ie. yourself if it your insurer won't).

 

It can be useful to remember that nobody is limiting your access here, particularly if you have specific risks or concerns. And so - yes - you absolutely can walk right into a Frauenarzt and arrange an appointment if you want and can pay for it. Your rights of access are not limited to by factors like age.

 

A Hausarzt (GP) is also not relevant to private insurance, of course.

 

(And that's a point for the OP of course, you do not have to think "bundle" such as annual check, you could just pick what you need, that's what I do. I got a bowel cancer check aged 39, cost 9 Eur, for instance).

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So, is that 2-yr rule tied to an age? (i.e. over 40 you will have yearly checks?) Just curious as I am approaching that age and in the US you often get more tests (i.e. colonoscopy if you have a family history, mammogram, etc) Thanks!

 

The every-two-years thing actually starts at 35. If you wanted a check up every year you'd have to pay for every alternate year yourself. My husband is at risk for colon cancer since his dad had it so our insurance paid for a colonoscopy before he turned 50. And my ob/gyn sends out a letter to all women 50 and over to take part in mammogram screening.

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Problem is, because of health insurance referrals, you do need to go to the GP first and get a referral from them to go see the FA (Frauenarzt/Ob-Gyn).

 

Sorry, this is not quite correct. Whichever doctor you see first of a quarter, that doctor will give the referrals for all the other doctors you need to see - except dentist. If I go to the FA , s/he refers me to my GP.

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That's the way it works too if I happen to go to my ob/gyn or gastroenterologist at the beginning of a quarter. They just refer me back to my GP. However a couple of my docs, a doctor of nuclear medicine where I get my thyroid checked, and the gastro clinic I go to every few months at the university hospital require a referral from my GP first. I can't just show up there and pay my €10.

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Sorry, this is not quite correct. Whichever doctor you see first of a quarter, that doctor will give the referrals for all the other doctors you need to see - except dentist. If I go to the FA , s/he refers me to my GP.

 

Oops, you're right of course, and I've actually done it this way round myself. However, back in Würzburg several of the specialists (eye, dermo, gyn) made a big fuss about the referral not being from my GP. Plus, logistically, for me it was much easier to stop by my GP and get a referral than go to the specific specialist that had given me the referral for that quarter... so I must have "saved" that bit of info in my mind as "always go to GP first to avoid hassle".

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I had a blood check done by my Frauenärztin this year. The same thing that my Hausarzt has occasionally done for me.

 

I go once a year to her.

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As far as I know as NHS patient (Kassenpatient) you need no referrals from your GP for these medical specialists: dentists, oculists and gynaecologists, especially for (annual) check-ups.

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