The planned budget cuts in the admission of new patients brings Saxony’s panel doctors on the barricades! Karl Lauterbach is caught in the crossfire of criticism.
Dresden – Saxony’s panel doctors go on the barricades against Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach (59, SPD)! The reason is a planned budget cut when accepting new patients.
It was not until 2019 that the then federal government introduced the Appointment Service and Supply Act (TSVG), primarily to shorten the long waiting times for specialist appointments.
Since then, outpatient ENT doctors, orthopaedists, ophthalmologists and urologists, among others, have been remunerated “extra budget” for the admission of new patients – i.e. with more fees.
Today’s Minister Lauterbach, who voted in favor of the regulation as his party’s health politician, now wants to abolish it again as part of the austerity policy.
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“This turns the original idea of reform from 2019 completely upside down,” says the head of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in Saxony, Dr. Klaus Heckemann (65).
Instead of getting faster appointments for urgent specialist treatment, patients would now have to put up with longer waiting times, he predicts.
The efforts of the practices to provide the best possible patient care would be trampled on by Lauterbach, Heckemann rumbles.
The Central Association of Medical Specialists is also threatening to resist. In the event that the savings plans are decided, the specialist medical profession would immediately only do “work to rule”, announced the association’s president, Dr. Dirk Heinrich.