The German health care system has the reputation of being one of the best in the world. There is an extensive network of hospitals and doctors covering even the remotest areas of Germany. Waiting lists for treatments are rare and medical facilities are equipped with the latest technology. Germany ranks fourth out of 29 European countries in the Euro Health Consumer Index, the annual ranking of national European healthcare systems.
Because of its central location, the Federal Republic of Germany shares borders with more European countries than any other country on the continent. It is bordered to the north by the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea, to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic, to the south by Austria and Switzerland, and to the west by France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands.