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The national Council calls emergency room fee of 50 francs

for those Who come to the emergency room of a hospital, should future need to pay a fee of around 50 Swiss francs to pay - unless, that is, he or she must be hospitalized. The wants of the national Council.

The fee is to prevent that patients go because of trifles to the hospital. The national Council was called on Tuesday with 108 votes to 85, with one abstention, a parliamentary Initiative of the former GLP of the national Council Thomas Weibel (ZH) good. Yet the Council of States must be located.

the small chamber, can be created a legal basis for the cantons to introduce a fee. Such plans and in particular the Canton of Zurich has.

No fee would have to pay in accordance with the proposal of Weibel patients with a doctor's assignment or subsequent inpatient treatment. Children and young people under 16 years of age could be exempted.

Increasingly The first port of call be to go to the hospital

in General, the family doctors, said Martin Bäumle (GLP/ZH). In the past few years, the number of consultations have increased, unfortunately, in the hospital emergency strong. Many cases proved to be cases as small claims. This leads to high costs.

A hospital outpatient consultation, according to the initiators is more than twice as expensive as the average consultation in the doctor's office. Due to the trifles of the emergency increasingly will be sought, overload, the emergency organisations and lead, under certain circumstances, to wait in dangerous times for real emergencies, Bäumle said.

For the fee, the health Commission of the Council made strong. Commission spokeswoman Kathrin Bertschy (GLP/BE) noted that the patients the cost of lack of awareness. The measure could help control the costs. The Details of the Parliament could be located later.

burden for the chronically ill

Against the contingency-fee Yvonne Feri (SP/AG) introduced himself. A fee will be a burden, especially the Poorest, the elderly and the chronically ill, she argued. The decision should lie with the patients.

On the country, you often can't find a family doctor, said Feri. She also pointed to the administrative burden down. In addition, disputes about it were to be expected, whether something is a Minor incident or not. The majority of the Council followed the Commission. (Dec/sda)

Created: 03.12.2019, 13:01 p.m.

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