In the future, Burgenland will finance five places for medical studies at the Danube Private University of Krems as a measure against a lack of doctors.
Governor Hans Peter Doskozil (SPÖ) announced on Wednesday that Burgenländische Krankenanstalten-Gesellschaft m.b.H. (KRAGES) has reached an agreement with the Dunav Private University in Krems. The country will take "several hundred thousand euros" annually. The co-operation agreement gives the state the ability to send five students annually to a private university from September. In part, co-operation will lead to lower tuition fees, in some cases the places will be provided free of charge, Doskozil said.
Private study against five years of practice in Burgenland
Pupils are determined by a selection process conducted at a private university. You have to dedicate yourself to working in Burgenland for five years, either in the KRAGES area or in medical practice. Also, it is a prerequisite for candidates to have their main place of residence in Burgenland for at least two years.
"This cooperation begins right away," she decided on Tuesday at a government meeting, Doskozil said. The first five students want to send in autumn to the university. KRAGES provides placements for exams and supports the Danube private university (DPU) by providing apprenticeship during a clinic-practical year, explained director of KRAGES, Harald Keckeis. Furthermore, a private university training center at the Oberwart Hospital Campus is planned.
They will do everything in their power to ensure that more doctors in Burgenland find their professional position as national doctors or physicians in KRAGU, DPU President Brigitte Wagner-Pischel said. Collaboration will bring an international network and launch an interesting research center with "recognized scientists from across Europe".
Criticism of health insurance and health insurance
It was important not to impose limits on who should study, says Doskozil. Instead, a model should be created, according to which a person who has completed a study in Austria, financed by a taxpayer, "has a certain amount of time and years to work in Austria". This is the "task of the federal government," the governor said.
The upcoming lack of physicians has been driven by historical legal requirements, but also by attempts by health insurance companies to implement primary health care centers. It goes hand in hand with "locking up rural practices" that can not be appreciated because they are at the expense of the rural area, claims Doskozil. There will be intensive discussions with health insurance – "also with representatives of Burgenland health insurance companies".