120th German Medical Congress: Balance and outlook before the election

The awarding of the Paracelsus Medal 2017 (from left): Klaus-Dieter Wurche, former President of the Bremen Medical Association, Birgit Weihrauch, former chairman of the German Hospice and Palliative Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, President of the German Medical Association, Günter Stein, former Medical Director of the University Hospital in Jena / Jürgen Gebhardt
  • Opening ceremony of the 120th German Medical Congress, Congress Hall Freiburg im Breisgau / Jürgen Gebhardt
  • The opening ceremony of the 120th German Medical Congress took place in the congress hall in Freiburg. / Jürgen Gebhardt
  • Hermann Gröhe (Federal Minister of Health) at the opening ceremony of the 120th German Medical Congress / Jürgen Gebha rdt
  • from left: Simone Heinemann-Meerz (President of the Medical Association Saxony-Anhalt), Frank Ulrich Montgomery (President of the German Medical Association), Ellen Lundershausen (President of the State Medical Association of Thuringia) / Jürgen Gebhardt
  • from left: Hermann Gröhe (Federal Minister of Health), Frank Ulrich Montgomery (President of the Federal Medical Association) / Jürgen Gebhardt
  • from left: Simone Heinemann-Meerz (President of the Medical Association of Saxony-Anhalt), Frank Ulrich Montgomery (President of the German Medical Association), Max Kaplan (President of the Bavarian Medical Association) / Jürgen Gebhardt
  • Frank Ulrich Montgomery ( President nt of the German Medical Association) in an interview / Jürgen Gebhardt
  • In the dispute over emergency care between hospitals and resident doctors, Montgomery offered the BÄK as an intermediary. It is conceivable to convene round table there, at which doctors from the clinic and practice, the German Hospital Association and the payers could develop joint solution. The fact that more and more patients are using the emergency rooms of the hospitals, although they could just as easily be cared for by resident doctor, was also an issue at the general assembly of the Marburger Bund and the representative assembly of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, which took place in advance of the German Medical Association Freiburg had taken place.

    The goal of the medical profession is also modern and continuously evolving fee schedule for doctors (GOÄ), which preserves its double protective function: to protect the patient from excessive financial demands and the doctor from ruinous undercutting competition, stressed Montgomery. He called on the future federal government to implement the almost completed new GOÄ on the basis of the joint proposal of the BÄK, the Association of Private Health Insurance (PKV) and the subsidy providers.

    GOÄ amendment is overdue

    An amendment to the GOÄ is overdue, said Federal Health Minister Gröhe before the German Medical Association. He had already emphasized this in the same place last year. A more appropriate description and evaluation of medical services is in everyone's interest, including state aid. If doctors, the private health insurance association and the aid providers presented concept, he would do everything to ensure that it was implemented quickly, confirmed Gröhe.

    Host: Ulrich Clever, President of the State Medical Association of Baden-Württemberg, praised the solidarity in the German health care system.

    Inappropriately jealous slogans

    The minister also attended the opening ceremony Criticism of the BÄK president of the citizen insurance. “Even an election campaign shouldn't seduce us to riot about our health care system with jealous slogans. They are totally inadequate, ”said Gröhe to the applause of those present. A forced union of statutory and private health insurance will not solve any of the challenges facing the German health care system - from digitization to care in rural areas. “It would keep us busy with unnecessary system change processes for decades. And in the end nothing would get better, just lot worse, ”he concurred with Montgomery's judgment.

    Looking back on the past legislative period, the minister was satisfied with the numerous legislative procedures that he was able to complete. "The common guiding principle was that we have to make the best possible team performance out of the many good, indeed top-class performances in the German healthcare system," said Gröhe. In this respect, all of these laws are "networking laws". In this context, Gröhe also praised the projects that are funded from the Innovation Fund. In the years 2016 to 2019, 300 million euros are available annually to promote new forms of care and health services research.

    It is now matter of building bridges instead of walls between the sectors, said the minister. The goal is patient-oriented further development of the health system.

    The goal of the medical profession is also modern and continuously evolving fee schedule for doctors (GOÄ), which preserves its double protective function: to protect the patient from excessive financial demands and the doctor from ruinous undercutting competition, stressed Montgomery. He called on the future federal government to implement the almost completed new GOÄ on the basis of the joint proposal of the BÄK, the Association of Private Health Insurance (PKV) and the subsidy providers.

    GOÄ amendment is overdue

    An amendment to the GOÄ is overdue, said Federal Health Minister Gröhe before the German Medical Association. He had already emphasized this in the same place last year. A more appropriate description and evaluation of medical services is in everyone's interest, including state aid. If doctors, the private health insurance association and the aid providers presented concept, he would do everything to ensure that it was implemented quickly, confirmed Gröhe.

    Host: Ulrich Clever, President of the State Medical Association of Baden-Württemberg, praised the solidarity in the German health care system.

    Inappropriately jealous slogans

    The minister also attended the opening ceremony Criticism of the BÄK president of the citizen insurance. “Even an election campaign shouldn't seduce us to riot about our health care system with jealous slogans. They are totally inadequate, ”said Gröhe to the applause of those present. A forced union of statutory and private health insurance will not solve any of the challenges facing the German health care system - from digitization to care in rural areas. “It would keep us busy with unnecessary system change processes for decades. And in the end nothing would get better, just lot worse, ”he concurred with Montgomery's judgment.

    Looking back on the past legislative period, the minister was satisfied with the numerous legislative procedures that he was able to complete. "The common guiding principle was that we have to make the best possible team performance out of the many good, indeed top-class performances in the German healthcare system," said Gröhe. In this respect, all of these laws are "networking laws". In this context, Gröhe also praised the projects that are funded from the Innovation Fund. In the years 2016 to 2019, 300 million euros are available annually to promote new forms of care and health services research.

    It is now matter of building bridges instead of walls between the sectors, said the minister. The goal is patient-oriented further development of the health system.It is true that responsible use of the means of solidarity health insurance is essential. The minister, however, rejected the primacy of the economy. “The focus is always on the patient,” emphasized Gröhe. When he hears that seriously ill child is being referred to as “cost runaway”, “I am outraged,” he said. However, one should not avoid necessary quality debates with the accusation of economization, as is often the case, for example, with the discussion about minimum quantities. That certain amount of experience, quality, secure, proven international studies.

    Everyone is taken care of

    Previously, the President of the hosting State Medical Association of Baden-Württemberg, Dr. med. Ulrich Clever, praised the solidarity in the German health system. He shared with those present the happiness of being cared for in the event of illness or injury regardless of origin, income or worldview. Clever also pointed out that the German Medical Association campaigns worldwide for doctors who are hindered in the exercise of their profession or who, despite massive reprisals, stand up for their medical autonomy and their medical ethical self-image.

    Representing them The German Medical Association had colleagues from the Turkish forensic doctor and President of the Turkish Human Rights Foundation, Prof. Dr. Şebnem Fincancı, invited to Freiburg. At the opening of the plenary in the afternoon, she addressed the 250 delegates of the German Medical Association. Fincancı is currently standing trial in Turkey. She was arrested together with two journalists in June 2016 for taking part in solidarity campaign for the newspaper Özgur Gündem , which is regarded as pro-Kurdish and critical of the government.

    Heike Korzilius

    Suicide must not become an administrative act

    A ruling by the Federal Administrative Court caused severe criticism in the context of the German Medical Association. It had already decided in March that the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) would have to give terminally ill patient drug to kill herself at her request, provided certain conditions were met. The President of the German Medical Association, Prof. Dr. med. Frank Ulrich Montgomery, criticized the decision heavily. Here suicide is reduced to disgraceful administrative act and the BfArM is degraded to an issuing office for killing agents. In 2015, the Bundestag rejected the commercial promotion of suicide by large majority.It is true that responsible use of the means of solidarity health insurance is essential. The minister, however, rejected the primacy of the economy. “The focus is always on the patient,” emphasized Gröhe. When he hears that seriously ill child is being referred to as “cost runaway”, “I am outraged,” he said. However, one should not avoid necessary quality debates with the accusation of economization, as is often the case, for example, with the discussion about minimum quantities. That certain amount of experience, quality, secure, proven international studies.

    Everyone is taken care of

    Previously, the President of the hosting State Medical Association of Baden-Württemberg, Dr. med. Ulrich Clever, praised the solidarity in the German health system. He shared with those present the happiness of being cared for in the event of illness or injury regardless of origin, income or worldview. Clever also pointed out that the German Medical Association campaigns worldwide for doctors who are hindered in the exercise of their profession or who, despite massive reprisals, stand up for their medical autonomy and their medical ethical self-image.

    Representing them The German Medical Association had colleagues from the Turkish forensic doctor and President of the Turkish Human Rights Foundation, Prof. Dr. Şebnem Fincancı, invited to Freiburg. At the opening of the plenary in the afternoon, she addressed the 250 delegates of the German Medical Association. Fincancı is currently standing trial in Turkey. She was arrested together with two journalists in June 2016 for taking part in solidarity campaign for the newspaper Özgur Gündem , which is regarded as pro-Kurdish and critical of the government.

    Heike Korzilius

    Suicide must not become an administrative act

    A ruling by the Federal Administrative Court caused severe criticism in the context of the German Medical Association. It had already decided in March that the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) would have to give terminally ill patient drug to kill herself at her request, provided certain conditions were met. The President of the German Medical Association, Prof. Dr. med. Frank Ulrich Montgomery, criticized the decision heavily. Here suicide is reduced to disgraceful administrative act and the BfArM is degraded to an issuing office for killing agents. In 2015, the Bundestag rejected the commercial promotion of suicide by large majority.“And now court is asking state authority to do exactly what the large social and political majorities did not want,” said Montgomery at the opening of the German Medical Association. Here the legislature is called upon to create clear conditions.

    "Aiding and abetting suicide is never medical task," affirmed Federal Health Minister Hermann Gröhe (CDU). He will do everything possible to prevent state authority from becoming henchman in suicide.

    In the run-up to the German Medical Association, the 1st chairman of the Marburg Federation, Rudolf Henke, attended the General Assembly of the Association described the decision of the Federal Administrative Court as "very problematic".