Overview of Health in Germany

By | September 9, 2019

Germany ranked 20th in the world in life expectancy in 2014 with 76.5 years for men and 82.1 years for women. Germany has a very low infant mortality rate (4.3 per 1,000 live births). It was in eighth place in the number of practicing physicians, per 1,000 people (3.3).

Germany has the twenty-fourth highest level of expected human capital with 25 health, education, and learning-adjusted expected years lived between ages 20 and 64 years.

24.5% of the German population aged 15+ are smokers (29 percent in men, 20 percent in women). Among the 18- to 25-year-old age group, 35.2% are smokers.

Obesity in Germany has been increasingly cited as a major health issue. A study shows Germany has the highest number of overweight people in Europe. The United Kingdom, Greece and certain countries in Eastern Europe have a higher rate of “truly obese” people. It was estimated in 2015 that 11.52% of the population has diabetes.

The EU Commission reported that the life expectancy in Germany was glaringly lower than that in other big European Union countries such as Italy, France, and Spain, though it was still higher than the average life expectancy of the whole of the EU. There were some other interesting findings of health in Germany. The occurrence of cardiovascular diseases had been on a decline since 2000 while cancer as a cause of death was on the increase. Dementia cases too were on a rise.

Cases of scabies rose from under 1000 in 2011 to more than 5500 in 2017, the authorities do not know why prevalence is rising.