Berlin - In Germany there are currently 38 medical treatment centers for adults with intellectual disabilities or severe multiple disabilities (MZEB). Eight of them work in the area of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KV) North Rhine, seven in Bavaria and six in Lower Saxony. This emerges from small request from the Bündnis90 / Die Grünen parliamentary group in the German Bundestag.
"Until recently, adults with intellectual disabilities or severe multiple disabilities were covered by health care when they reached the age of 18 specialized doctors and therapists largely excluded. After qualified outpatient care in socio-pediatric centers, they were referred to standard care with an often demonstrably significant deterioration in their state of health, ”the questioners write in their little question.
In July 2015 the legal basis for the establishment of MZEB was created. They should "close long-lamented gap in the outpatient medical care of people with disabilities," says the preliminary remarks of the small inquiry.
In the past two years, it has reportedly received 26 applications Authorization given by MZEB, most of them in the KV districts of Bavaria and Thuringia, namely six each. 13 applications were approved and five applications were rejected. Nine application processes are still running.
In its answer, the Federal Government also breaks down the regions in which MZEBs have not yet started operations to have. According to the answer, these are Berlin, Bremen, Hesse, Saarland and Schleswig-Holstein.
The authorization for MZEB was introduced in 2015 through regulation in the fifth book of the Social Security Code (SGB V). It is planned that MZEB specifically adjust to people with disabilities. According to the Federal Government, treatment should be aimed at those adults who, due to the type, severity or complexity of their disability, cannot be adequately treated by licensed contract doctors.