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The AOK is a group of health insurance agencies which together form one of the largest health insurers in Germany.  AOK stands for Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse.

Each Bundesland has its own AOK, and for visitors to Germany this is the first port of call if they need to visit a doctor in order to get their EU health insurance card (previously E111) validated.

There are other health insurance agencies, such a the TKK (Techniker Krankenkasse), many of which are targeted at specific career groups.

Next year the Gesundsheitsfond takes hold, meaning that everyone should pay the same for their health insurance, and the choice of agency will be made based on the cover offered and not solely on the cost.

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