All citizens are obliged to insure themselves. The Healthcare system is mainly financed through health insurance contributions, paid by insured persons and employers. Subsidies from tax revenue are added. The level of contributions depends on the income. In this way, rich people pay for the poor and also healthy people pay for the sick (principle of solidarity). People have free access to most health services. Most of the people go to the general practitioner, when they have a health problem. In particular medical problems the general practitioner refers a patient to an appropriate specialist. But it is also possible to go directly to a specialist.
124 statutory health insurances with 70.74 million members and 44 private health insurance companies with 8.83 million members.
In Schleswig-Holstein: 73 hospitals (28 in free-non-profit, 14 in public and 31 in more private ownership), 53 precaution and rehabilitation hospitals.