Health care: many clinics without alternatives 2

Health care: many clinics without alternatives

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The number of clinics in Germany is too high from the point of view of the GKV-Spitzenverbands (Federal Association of Mandatory Health Insurance Funds). Like other health care experts, he suggests reducing the number of clinics: "In international comparison, Germany has an above-average number of hospital beds and, above all, a number of Hospital centers above average With a higher concentration z.For example, surgery could improve the quality of medical care, "said the association on request NWZ with.

In order to determine the consequences of closing hospitals for citizens, the GKV-Spitzenverband has put online an interactive simulator. The GKV Clinic Simulator indicates the distance of approximately 80,000 residential districts to the nearest primary care hospital, including basic services of surgery and internal medicine. "It's about ten times more accurate than traditional postal code analyzes, and the travel time of passenger cars is measured, which has made it possible to achieve a high degree of reliability thanks to navigation systems", explains the association.

Obstetric problem

The simulator also shows how distances change when the insured goes to the nearest neighbor hospital in case the site closes. The simulation can be performed for all primary care hospitals in Germany.

The GKV-Spitzenverbands sample calculation shows that the East Frisian hospitals Wittmund, Aurich, Norden and Emden have an anchor function, since there is virtually no alternative for tens of thousands citizens. Such anchoring functions also have the Wesermarsch clinics or the Friesoythe and Cloppenburg clinics. On the other hand, at the hospital located in the upper town center of Wilhelmshaven, in case of closure, would affect 1341 citizens who would be forced to drive more than 30 minutes by car. There are clinics in Sanderbusch and Varel. The closure of a small hospital like Varel would only affect 742 citizens who would be forced to travel to the nearest hospital for more than 30 minutes. Of course, this does not take into account the fact that Varel has the only obstetrics department in the world – by the way, the best reputation and a great popularity. Specialist clinics and major hospitals in Oldenburg and Osnabr├╝ck are not included in the overview. Sigrid Busch de Varel, a professional and local politician, takes care of health services. The graduate engineer (biomedical engineering) advises various actors in the health sector. "How to improve health care in rural areas?" Asks Busch, who sits at the Green Vareler Council.

Asked for local politics

After the closure of St. Willehad Hospital Wilhelmshaven in 2015, he began to strengthen his involvement in the field of community health care. As part of the research, she discovered the Clinic Simulator, "which provides insight into the future development of the hospital landscape – no more and no less." Her call to other local politicians: "As a local politician we need to assume greater regional responsibility for medical care in the region – with networks of doctors, hospitals, health insurance companies, health and care centers or pharmacies. time, we must not under any circumstances intensify the fears of the population, but find solutions. "The Minister of Social Affairs, Carola Reimann (SPD) advises calm:" First, the GKV clinic simulator is an interesting tool that provides the first indications of the closure of a health insurance fund The hospital would affect the respective region.But that also gives only a first impression: in some cases, the effe ts of a closure should be examined very carefully, of course, they do not describe the clinic simulator, "she said at the request of the president. NWZ,

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