Hanover - All 21 hospitals in Hanover have joined together in protest alliance. The clinics sponsored by the state, the municipalities, the church, and in non-profit and private hands warned against “collective collapse” of inpatient care. The reason for this is the insufficient refinancing of their services by politics and health insurance companies. "The total deficit of all houses is expected to be more than 30 million euros - and for 2013 further deterioration is in sight," said the alliance. The hitherto high-quality patient care can no longer be guaranteed in this way.
In so-called "Hanoverian Declaration", the hospitals involved in the alliance and their staff call on politicians to stabilize the clinics economically. "We need immediate political help in order to continue to ensure reliable patient care and to be able to offer the highly qualified employees satisfactory working conditions as well as an appropriate income in the future", emphasize the signatories of the declaration.
For 2013, the clinics expect an increase in personnel and material costs of more than four percent. In addition to general cost increases, this is due to higher wages as well as rising energy costs and insurance premiums. However, the average price for hospital services could only rise by maximum of two percent in 2013 due to statutory cap. "As result, this leads to further significant financing gap for all hospitals in Lower Saxony," warned the alliance.
The clinics are demanding more money for the treatment of individual patients and the elimination of upper limits. “If hospital treats patients beyond the specified amount, it is 'punished'. The already inadequate flat rate per patient is reduced by another 65 percent, ”criticized the clinics.