Erfurt - In order to attract doctors to small towns, the state of Thuringia has been paying investment grants for the start-up of practices since 2014. The funds have not yet been exhausted. According to the, in the past two and half years, 18 doctors have been supported in setting up practice with grant from the state.
They received money from state program in which 290,000 euros have been available annually in the state budget since 2015, such as ministry spokesman said. Doctors can receive reimbursement-free grant of up to 20,000 euros from the state if they open or take over practice in municipalities with maximum of 25,000 inhabitants , said spokeswoman for the foundation for the promotion of outpatient medical care in Weimar. She is responsible for handling the application process.
According to the spokeswoman, since the start of the program in summer 2014 around 313,000 euros paid out. The program is not only aimed at general practitioners, but also at ophthalmologists, ENT specialists and child and adolescent psychiatrists.
Doctors who want to take advantage of the subsidy have to work in Thuringia for at least five years after settling down. Only once has it happened so far that doctor had to repay the funding because he left Thuringia before this deadline, according to the foundation.
At the beginning of the year, the state modified its funding program. The amount of the maximum possible subsidy for general practitioners now depends on the size of the place in which the medical professionals want to settle. In addition, separate grant for the barrier-free practice conversion is possible.