What next? – Working as a Doctor in Saxony

Now you will have all possibilities to practise as a doctor in Saxony within your speciality. You can choose between numerous interesting positions offered in the three main pillars of the health care system: inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment and public health service. You can also decide to continue your further training. You will be able to acquire competence in main areas or additional titles in accordance with the Further Training Regulations. You will find further information on the page “Further Training” in the section “Being a Doctor in Saxony” of this website.

Being a Doctor in Saxony

Hospital

79 state-of-the art hospitals with about 25,800 hospital beds offer excellent professional opportunities to doctors in Saxony. With about 45,000 employees, the hospitals are among the Free State of Saxony’s most important employees. Every year, over 900,000 people are treated as outpatients. The Saxon Hospital Association (KGS) represents the interests of the Saxon hospitals as an association on federal-state level.

From 1991 till 2008, funds of about 4.63 billion euro were invested in the Saxon hospitals. As a result, the hospitals in the Free State of Saxony are either newly built or completely redeveloped and have state-of-the-art medical and building equipment at their disposal. The offer the most recent possibilities of examination and treatment and thus also the best learning and working conditions – regardless whether they are located in big cities or rural areas.

In the Saxon Hospital Register, you can find detailed information about Saxony’s hospitals. In addition to job offers of all Saxon hospitals, the platform offers the possibility to search by region and to search for disease patterns and treatments, quality indicators for hospital services as well as performance data and structural data.

Saxony’s hospitals offer interested doctors not only a modern field of activity in medicine but also various forms of support. In addition, they make continuous efforts to improve their employees’ working conditions in cooperation with the Free State of Saxony.

One of the approaches consists in considering the individual living conditions of men and women to a greater extent – the so-called gender mainstreaming – in the context of different pilot schemes, also at Saxon hospitals.

Private Practice

Of the approx. 14,700 active doctors in Saxony, about 5,600 are active in outpatient treatment as licensed panel doctors with a private practice. In addition, 600 doctors are employed at panel doctors’ practices or Medical Care Centres (source: Saxon State Medical Association, date: 31/12/2009). Slightly more than half of the panel doctors are general practitioners, whereas the others care for the Saxon patients as specialists in private practice. The Saxon Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KVS) represents the interests of all doctors in private practice.

Being Licensed as a Specialist or General Practitioner in Saxony

If you are mainly interested in becoming a general practitioner in Saxony, you can find information about the special conditions for being licensed as a general practitioner in Saxony and about possible forms of cooperation on the website of the KVS.

Practice Offer Board

Especially doctors whose speciality is general medicine, paediatrics, neurology, psychiatry and psychotherapy, ophthalmology, otolaryngology or skin diseases have the best chances of taking over a private practice now, and also will in the coming years. The Practice Offer Board of KVS provides an up-to-date overview of the practices in Saxony that are looking for a successor now, or will in the near future.

Employment as a Panel Doctor

In Saxony, it is possible even for employed doctors to work as panel doctors. This is possible for a limited or unlimited period, and full or part-time. For young doctors, this is certainly a good possibility to first get to know the work in private practice without taking a financial risk. Doctors can not only be employed in practices but can also work as employed doctors at a Medical Care Centre.

Health Service

The Public Health Service (ÖGD) is the third pillar of the Saxon health care system, besides inpatient and outpatient treatment. As a doctor in the ÖGD, you will not perform curing activities – your activities will be related to supervision, prevention and care. The most important objective of your work will be the protection and long-term promotion of the Saxons’ health.

The Public Health Service in Saxony is organised on three levels. The highest health and veterinary authority of the Free State is the Saxon State Ministry of Social Affairs and Consumer Protection. The Saxon State Health and Veterinary Examination Institute is directly subordinate to the ministry. The Regional Administrations of Chemnitz, Dresden and Leipzig are the mid-level authorities. The lower authorities include the public health departments and the food and veterinary inspection offices of the districts (Landkreise) and independent cities (kreisfreie Städte).

The Public Health Service in Saxony performs the following tasks:

Although you will not deal with patients directly as a doctor in the Public Health Service, you can expect a varied and demanding position with very good possibilities for further training and career development. Especially for doctors who are at the beginning of their career and are planning to raise a family, the Public Health Service with its very flexible working time models and its salaries according to scale can offer excellent career perspectives. If you have any further questions, you can also contact the Saxon State Association of Doctors and Dentists in the Public Health Service.