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“Completely unacceptable” – clinics and docs fully towards the hospital reform

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Karl Lauterbach (SPD), Federal Minister of Health

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Representatives of hospitals and medical insurance firms have sharply opposed the reform that Health Minister Lauterbach is bringing to the cupboard this Wednesday. The penalties could be lengthy ready lists and never much less, however extra paperwork.

OkayClinics and docs have sharply criticized the hospital reform of Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) and known as on the Federal Cabinet to not approve the plan on Wednesday. “The previous reform plans threaten the stability of hospital care in Germany,” stated the top of the hospital affiliation (DKG), Gerald Gaß, to the newspapers of the editorial community Germany (RND).

“If the law is implemented like this, it will lead to long waiting lists, false incentives and more bureaucracy,” stated Gaß. In addition, constitutional lawsuits from federal states, medical insurance firms and training docs will be anticipated.

What is required is a exact evaluation of the results of the reform and a short-term efficient stabilization of the financial scenario of the hospitals, Gaß continued. “All of this makes it clear that for technical reasons the cabinet can only approve this draft if it has been fundamentally revised.”

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The chairwoman of the Marburger Bund docs' union, Susanne Johna, informed the RND newspapers that on nearer inspection the reform seems to be a fraudulent label. “This is not the relief from economic pressure that we need in hospitals,” she stated. A reform that’s intentionally designed to scale back the variety of clinics has advanced penalties for affected person care.

“It is completely unacceptable that such a large-scale trial should be launched without a comprehensive supply concept, without a prior needs analysis and without an impact assessment,” stated Johna.

The head of the Barmer medical insurance firm, Christoph Straub, warned of excessive prices for these with statutory medical insurance. “If the federal cabinet approves the draft hospital reform law in this form, contributors will face a massive avalanche of costs,” he informed the RND newspapers. Within the subsequent ten years, as much as 25 billion euros ought to be raised from contributions for the restructuring of the hospital panorama, though financing investments is the core job of the federal states.

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“The clinical tax that is being discussed at the expense of the insured must be withdrawn,” stated Straub. “In view of the chronically rising costs in the health care system, the limits of employees and employers paying contributions have long since been reached.”

On Wednesday, the Federal Cabinet will tackle Federal Health Minister Lauterbach's controversial plans for a complete reorganization of the hospital system. The reform is meant to reorganize financing and take financial stress off hospitals.

Lauterbach hopes that this can end in complete medical care, a discount in paperwork and higher medical care.