Press 3.63 million people employed in the health sector have direct contact with patients

Press release No. N 085 of 23 December 2020

  • A fifth of the total health personnel were employed in hospitals in 2018 (1.17 million).
  • There were 465,000 physicians and dentists in Germany in 2018.
  • 12% of the people employed in the health sector were 60 years old or over.
  • 1.22 million people worked in long-term care facilities in 2019.

WIESBADEN – People working in health occupations are to be given priority in the coronavirus vaccination programme – especially because many of them have a higher risk of getting infected because of their direct contact with patients. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that approximately 3.63 million healthcare personnel in Germany worked in direct patient contact in 2018. There were a total of 5.65 million people employed in healthcare facilities, ranging from medical practices and hospitals to medical laboratories to pharmacies. That was an increase of 73,000, or 1.3%, from the previous year. 76% of them were women.



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