Early detection of disease

Many diseases respond better to treatment in their early stages. Many different types of screening are available to detect these diseases early on.

The early detection of disease is important for health at every age.

Early detection at a young age

Children and adolescents are entitled to a total of 11 health screening check-ups, also known as U and J check-ups. These check-ups enable the early detection and treatment of diseases or developmental abnormalities. 

Dental care from the first tooth to older age

The costs of dental check-ups are covered from the age of 6 months. By checking teeth regularly, dentists can detect conditions such as tooth decay at an early stage and can give their patients advice about preventive oral hygiene and dental care.

The health check-up is available to everyone from the age of 18

From the age of 18 onwards, people are entitled to a one-off adult health check-up. From the age of 35, they can avail of a regular health check-up once every three years. The purpose of this check-up is to detect risk factors and early indicators of common conditions such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes at an early stage and to prevent them from developing.

Cancer often responds better to treatment if it is detected early.

With screening, a cancer or precursor of cancer can be detected early, even before it causes symptoms. Statutory health insurance providers cover the costs of cancer screening for breast cancer, bowel cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer and skin cancer.