Naumburg - Spas in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg are increasingly lacking spa doctors. "In the next few years, many spa and spa doctors, i.e. general practitioners with appropriate additional training, will retire in the health resorts," said the President of, Karl-Ludwig Resch, today at the end of the 5th National Bathing Day in Naumburg.
At the industry get-together, representatives from 30 health resorts from the three countries discussed ways to overcome the shortage of doctors and new marketing concepts. For general practitioners, additional training is currently costly and time-consuming and therefore not very attractive, explained Resch. However, the training content is currently being reformed. Spa doctors would also have to be made fit for privately paying spa guests.
According to Resch, around 80 to 90 percent of spa services are now used and paid for privately. In future, spa doctors should work with tourism professionals to develop special health programs for this group of people. Small spas with shortage of spa doctors could benefit from the fact that family doctor is now allowed to run branch in addition to his main practice, said the association president. Telemedicine can now also be used.