Cologne in detail

Health & insurance

Medical Services

High-level health care is available from a Rettungsstelle (emergency department) at a Krankenhaus (hospital) or from an Arztpraxis (doctor's office). Most doctors speak at least some English, especially in the hospitals. For minor illnesses (headache, bruises, diarrhea), pharmacists can provide advice, sell over-the-counter medications and make doctors' referrals if further help is needed. Condoms are widely available in drugstores, pharmacies and supermarkets. Birth control pills require a doctor's prescription but the morning-after pill does not; it is sold in pharmacies for about €16.