120th German Doctors' Conference from May 23 to 26, 2017 in Freiburg: Public invitation to doctors in Germany

120th German Doctors' Conference from May 23 to 26, 2017 in Freiburg: Public invitation to doctors in Germany

Dear Colleagues,

No year is the same in health policy. While structural reforms in the outpatient and inpatient sector determined the Federal Government's agenda in the first two years of this legislative period, in 2016 we had to deal with large number of highly complex new regulations on wide variety of individual topics. The Federal Government's stroke rate was enormous. We have analyzed draft laws, identified weaknesses and implemented corrections. Above all, however, we have set impulses ourselves in important areas, such as pharmaceutical policy but also many medical-ethical issues, and paved the way for legislative measures. This was only possible because our discussion and negotiation partners know that the German Medical Association is much more than powerful medical advocacy. It stands for the medical self-image, which is deeply rooted in all of us, of taking responsibility - for our own concerns, but also for society as whole.

A clear “no” to the unified fund

This will become clear once more when the 120th German Medical Congress meets from May 23 to 26, 2017 in Freiburg. The timing is good. In the beginning of the federal election campaign, we will clearly formulate what is important in health policy: Strengthening the medical profession, priority for self-administration and clear commitment to the maintenance and further development of the dual insurance system with the two pillars of statutory health insurance (GKV) and private health insurance ( PKV). Both systems must be strengthened and adapted to the challenges of the future. We will send this message from Freiburg to the Berlin party headquarters. And we will expose the uniform fund favored by some parties for what it really is - purely ideologically motivated field test with incalculable consequences for the health care of the citizens in our country.

We need pact for the future

The new federal government should instead focus on the real problems and challenges of our health care system. Our society is aging and the medical profession is aging with it. This is one reason why the gap between treatment needs and treatment capacities is widening. "

Freiburg Cathedral was built from around 1200 to officially in 1513 in the Romanesque and mostly in the Gothic style. Photo: JFL Photography / stock.adobe.com

Dear Colleagues,

No year is the same in health policy. While structural reforms in the outpatient and inpatient sector determined the Federal Government's agenda in the first two years of this legislative period, in 2016 we had to deal with large number of highly complex new regulations on wide variety of individual topics. The Federal Government's stroke rate was enormous. We have analyzed draft laws, identified weaknesses and implemented corrections. Above all, however, we have set impulses ourselves in important areas, such as pharmaceutical policy but also many medical-ethical issues, and paved the way for legislative measures. This was only possible because our discussion and negotiation partners know that the German Medical Association is much more than powerful medical advocacy. It stands for the medical self-image, which is deeply rooted in all of us, of taking responsibility - for our own concerns, but also for society as whole.

A clear “no” to the unified fund

This will become clear once more when the 120th German Medical Congress meets from May 23 to 26, 2017 in Freiburg. The timing is good. In the beginning of the federal election campaign, we will clearly formulate what is important in health policy: Strengthening the medical profession, priority for self-administration and clear commitment to the maintenance and further development of the dual insurance system with the two pillars of statutory health insurance (GKV) and private health insurance ( PKV). Both systems must be strengthened and adapted to the challenges of the future. We will send this message from Freiburg to the Berlin party headquarters. And we will expose the uniform fund favored by some parties for what it really is - purely ideologically motivated field test with incalculable consequences for the health care of the citizens in our country.

We need pact for the future

The new federal government should instead focus on the real problems and challenges of our health care system. Our society is aging and the medical profession is aging with it. This is one reason why the gap between treatment needs and treatment capacities is widening.We therefore urgently need the “Master Plan Medical Studies 2020” announced by the federal and state governments. But that alone will not be enough. For the promotion of young doctors also includes more attractive framework conditions for practicing the profession. The colleagues in the clinic and practice suffer from unnecessary bureaucracy. The employees in the emergency clinics and practices are working to the limit. The investments of the federal states in our clinics are not enough back and forth. Bad enough that plaster is crumbling off the walls in many operating theaters. But it is even more serious that the funds have to be misappropriated in order to cover the greatest investment needs. The money is then missing in the supply. It must be clear to the next federal government that repair laws are not enough. We need coherent overall concept. We need future pact for our health system.

Dear colleagues, in Freiburg we are also looking ahead in other areas. The Doctors' Day will deal intensively with the amendment to the (model) training regulations and advance this major project. The same applies to the amendment to the fee schedule for doctors (GOÄ). We have achieved lot since the groundbreaking resolutions of the Hamburg Doctors' Day. In the meantime, the previously agreed specifications of the new GOÄ have been discussed in extremely constructive discussions with all the professional associations and scientific and medical societies concerned. We negotiate any changes that have resulted from this with the PKV association. At the same time, work is ongoing on calculation model with adapted evaluations and on BÄK-owned extrapolation model. The subject is complex. We will therefore take enough time at the Doctors' Day to discuss the current status and the next steps in detail.

The opening of the 120th German Medical Congress will take place in the Freiburg Concert Hall. Photo: FWTM

While these two projects are of particular interest from within medical practitioners, the main topic of this year's German Medical Association, the digitization of the health system, should also appeal to the general public. To avoid misunderstandings: Of course, the use of modern information technology has long been part of everyday life in our clinics and practices. Imaging procedures and other IT-supported methods are firmly anchored in our health system. In addition, the medical profession has been contributing its expertise in the development of patient-friendly applications of the electronic health card (eGK) for years. In Freiburg, however, it is not just about eGK and telematics infrastructure.We therefore urgently need the “Master Plan Medical Studies 2020” announced by the federal and state governments. But that alone will not be enough. For the promotion of young doctors also includes more attractive framework conditions for practicing the profession. The colleagues in the clinic and practice suffer from unnecessary bureaucracy. The employees in the emergency clinics and practices are working to the limit. The investments of the federal states in our clinics are not enough back and forth. Bad enough that plaster is crumbling off the walls in many operating theaters. But it is even more serious that the funds have to be misappropriated in order to cover the greatest investment needs. The money is then missing in the supply. It must be clear to the next federal government that repair laws are not enough. We need coherent overall concept. We need future pact for our health system.

Dear colleagues, in Freiburg we are also looking ahead in other areas. The Doctors' Day will deal intensively with the amendment to the (model) training regulations and advance this major project. The same applies to the amendment to the fee schedule for doctors (GOÄ). We have achieved lot since the groundbreaking resolutions of the Hamburg Doctors' Day. In the meantime, the previously agreed specifications of the new GOÄ have been discussed in extremely constructive discussions with all the professional associations and scientific and medical societies concerned. We negotiate any changes that have resulted from this with the PKV association. At the same time, work is ongoing on calculation model with adapted evaluations and on BÄK-owned extrapolation model. The subject is complex. We will therefore take enough time at the Doctors' Day to discuss the current status and the next steps in detail.

The opening of the 120th German Medical Congress will take place in the Freiburg Concert Hall. Photo: FWTM

While these two projects are of particular interest from within medical practitioners, the main topic of this year's German Medical Association, the digitization of the health system, should also appeal to the general public. To avoid misunderstandings: Of course, the use of modern information technology has long been part of everyday life in our clinics and practices. Imaging procedures and other IT-supported methods are firmly anchored in our health system. In addition, the medical profession has been contributing its expertise in the development of patient-friendly applications of the electronic health card (eGK) for years. In Freiburg, however, it is not just about eGK and telematics infrastructure.We want to take the topic wider and take look at the various possibilities of telemedicine as well as the prospering area of ​​health apps and the possibilities under the term “big data” to evaluate huge amounts of data for research purposes and for supply control. We are aware that digitization affects many core areas of the medical profession. It has the potential to change both supply processes and fundamental principles of health care. In Freiburg we will therefore talk about the various opportunities but also about the potential risks of digitization - combined with demands and suggestions for patient-friendly and practical orientation of these new technical possibilities.

Enjoy the Black Forest in addition to the meetings

Dear colleagues, These and other topics will deal with us at the Doctors' Day. But I very much hope that in addition to the plenary sessions you can also take some time to explore the sun-drenched Black Forest metropolis. A wide variety of theaters, museums and historical buildings, such as the Freiburg Cathedral, are waiting to be discovered by you. Nature lovers among you are also right here. The Black Forest is right outside the door. With cable car ride up Freiburg's local mountain, the Schauinsland, you are right in the middle of it.

When, in addition to the delegates and representatives of medical organizations and associations, as many doctors as possible from all regions of Germany attend the 120th German Doctors' Day in Freiburg, I would be very happy.

With this in mind, best wishes and best regards, Your

Prof. Dr. med. Frank Ulrich Montgomery

President of the German Medical Association and the German Medical Association

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