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Armed to psychotherapy : Spahn shows a willingness to relent

Minister of health, Jens Spahn, has indicated, following fierce criticism of his plans for new regulations of psycho-therapeutic treatments, willingness to relent. "I do not exclude that we will find other arrangements," said the CDU politician in the ARD morning magazine. His design for the schedule service and the public procurement act (TSVG) provides for a "stepped control" of the patient: Thus, in the future, in preliminary studies by carefully selected Doctors and therapists found, how urgent the case is and what kind of therapy is out of the question.

SPD-expert: we will not participate

psychotherapists warn of an additional hurdle that could deter those in need of Treatment to start a treatment. The move was "an insult to mentally ill people," said the Federal Chairman of the German psychotherapists Association, Barbara Lubisch, the daily mirror. Also citizens do about it mobile: corresponding Petition is already on more than 150 000 signatories.

Spahns coalition partners distancing itself from the project. "We will not participate," stated the SPD-health expert Karl Lauterbach on Wednesday. He wanted no "upstream instance, where a further obstacle is introduced between the patient and the psychotherapist".

Previously, had already warned the Federal Council from unwanted effects. There is a danger that "as a result, the access to psychotherapy is likely to be even more difficult", - stated in the opinion of the länder chamber. In addition, a pre-point switched diagnosis instance of the qualification of the psychotherapists in question.

chamber asks to increase the number of therapists

Spahn said it was important that people with disorders such as schizophrenia or Depression to get fast treatment. So far, the Affected would have to often wait for too long. And the wait times were up there with the longest, where there is the most therapists. Therefore, the appointment had to be coordinated by the award of better and controlled. And therefore it is not rich also, only more psychotherapists for the statutory funds.

"I accept, when it is said that the provision in the draft law, is not so that everything fits," said Spahn. "But then let's talk and advise." At the same time, the Minister made it clear: "We will not do anything."

The Federal chamber of psychotherapists keeps a revision is unnecessary. With the psychotherapy clinic there since April of 2017, already a by urgency and Severity-controlled supply, said President Dietrich Munz. Instead of an additional level of control he demanded, to enable trained psychotherapists more branch. In addition, consultation and acute treatment would need to be better rewarded.

health insurance companies support the Minister

The Fund's coffers, however, support the projects of the government. Particularly severe cases could benefit from it, the argument is that the Shi head Association. While there are many therapists, not all, but their supply order filled in full.

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is able to sort his change in the law, he wanted to spare the patients, "an unnecessary Odyssey of a doctor's practice to another," said Spahn. He hope to find in January a solution. The TSVG is discussed this Friday in the first reading in the Bundestag.

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