German Tax Payments in 2015

Knowing one's tax status both in Germany and at home is immensely important for expatriates, particularly for people receiving an income in Germany. Income tax is paid by residents throughout the fiscal year, typically via employers who deduct tax through the payroll system.

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Germany's Supplemental Medical/Health Insurances (Zusatzversicherungen)

Health insurance in Germany usually provides adequate to good coverage for a wide range of health care issues, but depends on the policy type an individual holds and whether they have insurance from Gesetzliche Krankenversicherung or GKV (a program run by the government) ...

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Germany's Government Health Insurance System (GKV) explained

Nearly all of Germany's inhabitants, about 70 million people, subscribe to the national health system (GKV). For residents with an annual gross salary of less than 54,900 Euros, or to be exact, 4,575 Euros per month from 2015 onwards, it is mandatory to become a GKV member.

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Information for self-employed or non-employed persons

Since 2009, German law requires everyone to have health insurance.
Regardless of a person’s health status, this health insurance law also requires private health insurance companies to accept all applicants into their “Basistarif” which became available as of January 1, 2009. Even in the case of a serious pre-existing medical condition, an individual can purchase this basic plan ...

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Dentistry in Germany

The quality of dental care in Germany is very high and is comparable to the high level of care in the USA and many other developed countries. Dental implants are a specialty and the quality and techniques used in dental implants are among the best. German dentists are very thorough and treatments follow strict German procedures and policies. Dentists are well situated in both cities and rural areas ...

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Hospitalization in Germany

In case of hospitalization, you should know that there are a few different types of hospitals in Germany: the Universitätsklinikum or Uniklinik is a state-run hospital affiliated with a local university; then there are non-profit hospitals affiliated with different organizations, charities or churches; as well as private clinics and hospitals often specializing in specific medical areas...

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