Munich - In four out of five regions of Bavaria, the new system for the on-call service with centrally located on-call practices and separate driving service now applies. This was reported by the CEO of the, Wolfgang Krombholz, at meeting of representatives this week. Over 1,000 so-called pool doctors are available who have volunteered to take over services. With the "desired service planning", the KV also created possibility so that every resident doctor can choose an acceptable period for the services. "Our goal: One day, participation in the on-call service should be based on voluntary action," said Krombholz newly diagnosed diabetics up to the treatment of chronic wounds. The volume of all eligible services in Bavaria in 2018 was 31 million euros, he emphasized.
The first Deputy KV board chairman Pedro Schmelz explained at the meeting of representatives that this also included new services worthy of support in the specialist field. The services already funded in the specialist field have been retained, with 14 new services being added. As Schmelz further pointed out, there were around 32 million treatment cases in specialist practices in Bavaria in 2017. Thanks to forward-looking planning, the vast majority of this could be paid out in full without limit to the number of cases. “Our big goal, however, remains the cancellation of budgeting. But this is rocky road, ”said Schmelz.
He also went into detail about the difficulties in setting up the telematics infrastructure (TI), because there is still no real market for the TI providers . "Politicians cannot and must not hold the medical profession responsible for this market failure", explained Schmelz and called for greater consideration of the realities of care in all political planning.
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The second deputy chairwoman of the KV, Claudia Ritter-Rupp, was relieved, that the criticism also expressed by the KV was successful. In the meantime, the state government has improved the planned law in many places, she explained.
Ritter-Rupp also drew an initial conclusion on the psychotherapy reform introduced year ago. As result of the reform, the waiting time for an initial interview has decreased, but not the waiting time for guideline psychotherapy place. In this context, Ritter-Rupp criticized the demand of the Federal Chamber of Psychotherapists, 7.000 new approvals for psychotherapists. Although the needs planning in the psychotherapeutic area is inadequate, this cannot be cured by going public with “exaggerated numbers”. "Instead of investing energy in the pursuit of particular interests, we should better bundle our resources for common strategy that is based on credibility," said the second deputy chairman of the KV Bayerns board.