The health care industry in Bonn is characterized by an excellent medical care structure, a large number of health-oriented research and scientific institutions and the headquarters of important authorities, foundations and associations in the health care sector. In addition, renowned companies from the fields of telemedicine, imaging systems, consulting and occupational safety are represented at the location.
High level of medical care
Medical care in Bonn is of a high standard, both inpatient and outpatient: In the inpatient sector, around 20 hospitals, clinics and specialist outpatient clinics contribute to this, including Bonn University Hospital with its more than 30 clinics. In the outpatient sector, more than 1,000 physicians in private practice, psychotherapeutic practices, physiotherapists and other therapists are active in patient care.
Around 100 pharmacies and health care providers ensure that the population is supplied with medicines and medical products close to home.
The broad spectrum of medical and pharmaceutical research in Bonn is supported by both university and non-university research. The main focus is on neuromedicine, medicine of aging, life sciences and pharmacology.
Public health authorities and associations
Important ministries, authorities, foundations and associations in the health care sector have their headquarters in Bonn. Their areas of activity are extremely diverse, ranging from the government policy tasks of the federal ministries and the charitable work of the foundations to the political and professional representation of specific sectors, professional and patient groups by the associations based in Bonn.
With its networking activities in the field of health care management, the Bonn Economic Development Office pursues, among other things, the goal of increasing transparency about the local and regional offerings of the health care industry, identifying current topics and taking them up in appropriate formats.
In addition to the close cooperation with the health department of the city of Bonn, the health departments and economic development agencies of the Rhine-Sieg district and the district of Ahrweiler, the participation of the Bonn Economic Development Office in the Gesundheitsregion KölnBonn e. V. should be mentioned in particular.
The city of Bonn, together with other regional authorities in the region, is a founding member of the association, which has been in existence since 2009 and now has more than 140 companies, institutions and associations in the healthcare sector as members. In total, Gesundheitsregion KölnBonn e.V. comprises ten regional authorities, eight of which are in North Rhine-Westphalia and two in Rhineland-Palatinate. The purpose of the association is to promote and network science, research, business, care and other areas in the medicine and health cluster in the CologneBonn region. In particular, the aim is to help develop and expand the CologneBonn region into a nationally and internationally respected and recognized healthcare location.
Health as an economic factor
The healthcare sector is an employment-intensive industry of the future and should therefore not be underestimated as an economic factor: In Bonn, for example, there were a good 33,400 employees subject to social insurance contributions in the health and social services sector in mid-2020. The core area of healthcare alone (inpatient and outpatient care, therapeutic practices, specialist retail and healthcare trades) accounted for just under 23,240 employees, which corresponds to around 13% of all employees subject to social insurance contributions in Bonn.