Many clinics with no alternative 2

Many clinics with no alternative

Oldenburg
/ In the northwest

The number of clinics in Germany is too high from the perspective of GKV-Spitzenverbands (Federal Association of Mandatory Health Insurance Funds). Like other healthcare professionals, he suggests reducing the number of clinics: "According to an international comparison, Germany has an above-average number of hospital beds and, above all, an above-average number of hospital sites. With a higher concentration of z. For example, surgery could increase medical quality." the association stated on request NW with.

To determine the consequences of the closure of hospitals for citizens, GKV-Spitzenverband has set up an online interactive simulator. The GKV-Kliniksimulator shows a distance of about 80,000 residential districts to the nearest primary care hospital with basic surgery and internal medicine departments. "That's ten times more accurate than traditional postal code-based analysis. Passenger car travel times are measured, which in the meantime has achieved a high degree of reliability thanks to navigation systems," the association explains.

Obstetrics problem

The simulator also shows how distances change when the insured visits the nearest neighboring hospital in case of site closure. The simulation can be performed at any primary care hospital in Germany.

An example of the GKV-Spitzenverbands calculation shows that the East Frisian hospitals of Wittmund, Aurich, Norden and Emden have an anchor function because there are almost no alternative for tens of thousands of citizens. Clinics in Wesermarsch or clinics in Friesoythe and Cloppenburg also have such anchor functions. On the other hand, at the hospital in the upper center of Wilhelmshaven, in case of closure, 1341 citizens would be affected who would have to drive 30 minutes or more, there are clinics in Sanderbusch and Varel. The closure of a smaller hospital like Varel would only affect 742 citizens who would need more than 30 minutes to reach the nearest hospital.

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Of course, this does not take into account that Varel has the only obstetric department far and wide – by the way, with the best reputation and great popularity. Specialist clinics and large hospitals in Oldenburg and Osnabrück are not included in the review. As a local politician, Sigrid Busch from Varel is also interested in healthcare. Graduate Engineer (Biomedical Engineering) advises various actors in the healthcare sector. “How can health care be improved in rural areas?” Asks Busch, who is a Greens MP on the Vareler Council.

Asked about local politics

After St. Louis Hospital. Willehad Wilhelmshaven Hospital closed in 2015, has begun to intensify its involvement in the topic of community health care. In the research, she came across a clinical simulator, "which provides a rough look at the future development of the hospital landscape. Nothing more and less." together with medical networks, hospitals, health insurance companies, health centers and pharmacies. At the same time, under no circumstances should we raise fears among the population, but must find solutions. "Social Minister Carola Reimann (SPD) advises calmness:" First of all, the simulator The GKV clinic is an interesting tool that provides the first indication of how closing a health insurance fund would affect the region. But it also gives only a first impression; at request NW.

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