3 questions for… Dr. med. Cornelia Goesmann, Vice President of the German Medical Association
Dr. med. Cornelia Goesmann, Vice President of the German Medical Association
Is medical care in homes really as bad as it is often reported in the media? . This is also proven by the GEK care report. There are problems with specialist medical care, which for technical reasons often cannot take place in the care facilities. However, the homes usually do not have enough staff to send an accompanying person on visit to the practice. In addition, the family doctor must first apply to the health insurer to cover the costs of the transport. This is not only time-consuming, but also not feasible in the short term. What are you asking for? Goesmann: If politicians and health insurers want chronically ill elderly people to be properly cared for, they must also create incentives for this. This can be done, for example, through extra-budgetary special contracts. What can doctors and homes already do today? Goesmann: The cooperation between the doctors who care for the home must improve. Medical visits have to be arranged, vacation replacements and on-call duty organized. This is the only way to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions. The Federal Association of Private Providers of Social Services and the German Medical Association are currently working on proposals for how good cooperation between nursing homes and doctors could look.