- Why I have choosen a Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) as example?
- Mainly because it is getting more and more popular. Besides they speak English.
Step 2: complete the form below.
I would like to become a member of TK as of
Enter the date of first work day (DD.MM.YYYY) according to your employment contract.
Street, No. ... Postcode and town/city
Enter the address according to your registration confirmation (Anmeldebescheinigung, also called Anmeldebestätigung). Remember that postcode is important in Germany;
Health Insurance Number
You will find this number on the confirmation letter of your travel health insurance.
German Pension Insurance No.
this number can be entered later.
Last name at birth
Only if this name (in addition to your first and last name) is entered in your passport.
Enter your Citizenship (not nationality!).
I was last insured with ... Location
Enter the name of your insurance company from your home country (s. example below).
As Location the country name is sufficient. If it was a federal
insurance company, tick the compulsory insurance checkbox. If not,
tick the private insurance checkpox.
Example: UnitedHealth, Location: India.
Never insured before?
In this case write that your very first insurance was your travel insurance with which you arrived in Germany.
The cancellation confirmation
If you do not have a cancellation confirmation from your previous insurance company or have never been insured before, leave these boxes empty. If necessary, TK will contact you.
I am employed/I work as
Write your job title here exactly as in your employment contract.
This is my first employment in Germany
If this is your first employment in Germany, enter the employer data as given in the Stellenbeschreibung (Job Description) eingegeben sind.
My gross monthly income
What is the amount stated in the employment contract? If there is annual salary, divide it by 12 to get the sum of the monthly salary. If both boxes do not apply, leave this one empty.
I had myself exempted from...
As an international professional, ignore these two checkboxes.
As an international professional, ignore this section.
I would like to have my dependants (spouse/life partner ... )
This is a great option. I just mentioned it couple of above. Your dependants (spouse and children) can be included without paying any additional fees.
The application for non-contributory dependants’ insurance
So if you want to include your dependants or your life partner(s) in the insurance, check this box.
As long as you do not know for sure that you are exempt from long-term care insurance, leave the first box empty.
Entering my name (Jaroslav Plotnikov) is of course optional. However, I would be very pleased :)
Phone number ... Email
I would advise against entering a call number.
Communication via phone has no advantages for you. It benefits only them because it speeds up their workflow and save them time.
Date ... Signature
Electronic signature is completely sufficient. Alternatively: fill out the document, print it out, sign it, scan it and email it to the TK (for example to Suchopar@tk.de or to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Step 2.5: send it via email or paper post to the particular insurance company.
After you have sent the completed and signed application (a PDF sent by email is sufficient) wait for a couple of days. You will usually receive a response within three working days, but also sooner, sometimes on the same day.
You will receive a membership confirmation or a message about which documents are still missing. Submit them.
As soon as you have received a membership confirmation, inform your employer. However, this is not absolutely necessary as your employer will also be notified directly by the health insurance company.
Step 3: Your health insurance membership card will be sent to you by post. Sign this plastic card and always take it with you to the doctor.
Step 4: when relocating, remember to inform your health insurance company on time. You can also do this in advance, as soon as both parties sign the new rental agreement. That's it.