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Cash patients : German Bundestag approves law for faster doctor's appointments

For cash patients in Germany, it should be easier to come quickly to doctor's appointments. It is a law of the Grand coalition, adopted by the Bundestag on Thursday against the votes of the Opposition aim. The Minister of health, Jens Spahn (CDU), said the new regulations should improve the everyday life for millions of people in a concrete way. Week long periods, especially in comparison to private patients, a controversy topic are waiting. For Physicians who take on additional patients, should therefore apply in the future: "if we treat more should be paid better."

The plans call for, among other things, that the practice doctors need to offer at least 25 instead of 20 hours a week for the legally Insured. Ophthalmologists, gynaecologists and ear, nose and throat-Doctors must have at least five hours per week as a drop-in office hours, without fixed appointments. Overall, are likely to result in the statutory health insurance funds, annual expenditures of between 600 million and 800 million euros for doctor fees. The telephone mediation on date of service should be greatly expanded.

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influence of interest groups, such As the dentist's lobby at Spahns health law fellow

Jost Müller-Neuhof, Rainer Woratschka

rubbing, The law also provides for extensions of the supply. Among other things, the want of funds for dental grants for 1. October 2020 from the current 50 percent to 60 percent. Patients should have 2021 a claim on the electronic patient records. (dpa)

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