Hospitals are not always suitable for emergency patients 2

Hospitals are not always suitable for emergency patients

Packages can be digitally tracked on the way to the customer. But no one understands why emergency patients are being transported to which hospitals, according to Wulf-Dietrich Leber.

Packages can be digitally tracked on the way to the customer. But no one understands why emergency patients are being transported to which hospitals, according to Wulf-Dietrich Leber.

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In an emergency, patients often come to clinics that are not ideal for them. From the point of view of health insurance companies, emergency reform must already begin with the rescue service.

Berlin. In the opinion of health insurers, patients are often taken to the wrong hospital in an emergency. "We transport packages much more responsibly than our patients," said Wulf-Dietrich Leber, a health insurance expert at the clinic.

Packages can be digitally tracked on the way to the customer. But no one understands why emergency patients are being transported to which hospitals. This must change as part of the planned ambulance reform.

Outpatients also frequently visited those 500 hospitals in Germany that did not have an officially defined basic emergency room, Leber criticized. About 250 control centers have different supports, there are no procedures to ensure quality. In the future, the rescue service should be organized across the borders of the states.

In principle, health insurance funds have welcomed the proposal for reform of Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU)
Standardize and improve ambulance. Also, that the rescue service should be considered their own health insurance in the future, appeals to them. So far, health insurers only pay for the defaults if transportation goes to the clinic. This creates false incentives to bring patients to the hospital.

Instead, hospitals should have much easier to organize shared bars. They should be open as one-day stores, said Stefanie Stoff-Ahnis of Kassenverband. Patients should exist about existing ones
Emergency medical services refer medical doctors or the hospital's emergency department. "Until now, patients are in the emergency room at the hospital," Stoff-Ahnis said. They should be less crowded in the future. The German Hospital Association said that from their point of view a common counter was sufficient.

Also Spahn's goal is to facilitate emergency services. Joint Emergency Control Centers, to be reached under 112 Emergency Services and 116117 Kassenärztliche Vereinigung (KVen), should act as central pilots. Kassenverband required unique national standards for initial telephone assessment so patients could rely on a professional evaluation of their case.