Berlin - In Germany around 165,000 general practitioners, specialists and psychotherapists as well as 250,000 medical assistants work in 102,000 practices and treat 553 million cases there every year. There are around billion support contacts. This is reported by the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians () on the “Week of Outpatient Care”.
In it, the KBV and the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KVen) present successful projects up to June 30th, with which patients are cared for on site by the young doctors promoted and regional supply structures brought together. According to the KBV, the residents have generally completed twelve-year training course and continue to learn in their everyday work: They have to train at least 35.7 hours per year.
Nine out of ten patients are satisfied
KBV and KVen also emphasize the quality of care during the week. "Nowhere else in the health system is there such high level of service quality and transparency as in outpatient contract medical and contract psychotherapeutic care," it says in one. Anyone who treats legally insured patients is, as member of KV, bound to standard that has to be proven on regular basis. “This is also reflected in patient satisfaction. Nine out of ten patients are convinced of the competence of their doctor, ”writes the KBV.
In the The focus of the week was on the KBV and KVen innovative projects that help to secure supplies. An example comes from Thuringia: The Foundation for the Promotion of Outpatient Medical Care, joint institution of KV Thuringia and the state, employs young doctors alongside an experienced doctor in the practice.
"This is how the young colleague can Grow step by step into the role of country doctor over period of two years - with secure fixed salary. The foundation and the experienced colleague support her in this.
After completing the 'Niederlassungs-Fahrschule' (Niederlassungs-Fahrschule), she can take over the practice herself, ”says the project description. The driving school model has been proven to work: Since 2006, the foundation has been able to maintain eight Thuringian medical practices threatened with closure in this way.