Germany is a densely populated and highly industrialized country with more than 82 million inhabitants. The life expectancy at birth is 77.6 years for males and 82.8 years for females. The percentage of the population aged 65 years or more is rising. Germany does not have a national health care system. The health care system is administered through several autonomous bodies and associations such as the statutory health insurance system (GKV), the association of physicians under contract with the GKV, and the hospitals association.
Top storyWhat to do in heatwaves: public health advice
As the European Region enters the warm season, the public, medical professionals and public health authorities must prepare for eventual heat-waves and hot spells. Every year, heat harms the health of many people, particularly the elderly. It can trigger exhaustion, heart attacks or confusion and can worsen existing conditions such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
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Estimated life expectancy at birth, in years (as of 2010)Read more