Health-Related Services

Health-Related Services

First class hospitals, innovative digital preventive health care, international guest patients – Baden-Württemberg excels when it comes to health-related services.

With its 46 health spas, 35 thermal, mineral and brine spas, as well as 120 specialist and rehab clinics, the German southwest is regarded as the foremost federal state in Germany in terms of the spas it has to offer and as an outstanding, prominent provider of health-related services. Apart from the spas, hospitals and clinics, the following services belong to this branch of the health industry: management consulting for hospitals, planning and building services for the industry as well as health care training and education.

Guest patients from abroad and from other German states are highly appreciative of the excellent services provided in Baden-Württemberg. Many regions have discovered health tourism as a source of income and offer a wide range of health and wellness services. 

In Baden-Württemberg's health industry, there are numerous regional cluster initiatives such as the Schwarzwald-Baar health network and the Health Region Freiburg e.V. The strategic service providers in Baden-Württemberg are also efficiently networked. In the case of complex hospital projects, for example, architects, construction project managers and specialist medical planners collaborate with each other closely. Diversified networks of cooperation such as bw engineers provide support as well.

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With more than 70 institutions of higher education and over 100 non-university research institutions, Baden-Württemberg is one of the top locations for science in Germany. Teaching and research are carried out on the very highest level – a situation from which the providers of health-related services also profit.

The higher education institutions offer numerous courses of study in this area and ensure a steady supply of highly qualified new staff. Baden-Württemberg occupies a leading position in research and health care thanks to its four university hospitals in Freiburg, Heidelberg, Tübingen and Ulm and other institutions at colleges and academies or non-university facilities such as the Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (German Cancer Research Centre) in Heidelberg. The intensive collaboration between industry and science as well as the smooth transfer of knowledge are important success factors for the Baden-Württemberg health industry.

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