113th German Medical Congress: With open arms

113th German Medical Congress: With open arms

What Rsler said in the Semperoper was nothing new. But also at the His words seemed authentic to Germans at the rztetag, so there were no expressions of displeasure when he emphasized: I can't promise anyone more money. But I want to give you fair and predictable system that you can rely on. At the end of his speech, the Minister of Health asked little patience. Much is currently in preparation. Recalling the human being as social being Demographic change is often reduced to what it costs society. That much more condenses in it, namely the essence of human coexistence, Hoppe made clear in an appeal to society at the end of his speech: For me, social competence and social responsibility are the decisive determinants of social life development. In this context, doctors have special role within society. We doctors see the symptoms when society becomes ill, such as malnutrition in children, alcohol and drug use in adolescents, the increase in burnout in the workplace, said Hoppe. But we lack the people who help us heal. The social threatens to be lost in growing single society. And we as doctors can neither compensate for this nor can politicians administer it through laws, the doctor president emphasized. We finally need new signal from the center of society, we need social pact for the future, exclaimed Hoppe. Health could be the big question of the 21st century, but the answer certainly doesn't lie with doctors, nurses and other health professionals alone. A long life society requires new social contract, appealed Hoppe. Because we can only shape our future in humane manner if we focus on people as social beings. At the end of the opening event, one thing was certain: the relationship between doctors and health policy is better than it has been for many years. There is also great confidence that it is possible to jointly address the pressing problems of the health system. The future will have to show how and whether it is possible, beyond expressions of intent, to actually transfer the ambitious plans into the daily routine of doctors.Falk Osterloh
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