The Bundestag has decided on Thursday to a comprehensive law, the sickness Fund patients to make faster appointments. Practice, doctors will have to offer a minimum of 25 instead of 20 hours per week for those with statutory health insurance. The telephone mediation on date of service should be greatly expanded. For Doctors it is as an incentive, more money, among other things, for new patients in the practice.
Previously, Spahn campaigned for the law. "It is one of the biggest upsets, the issues we have in health care: The neighbor is insured, private - has to wait next week for an appointment and must be legally Insured too often for too long. And as we come in," said the Minister of health in the ZDF-"morning magazine".
criticism from consumer organisations and health insurance companies
Spahn also responded to fears that the high additional costs for the new rules, which would ultimately have to carry cash patients. "Clearly expenses have to be funded by payments, but we have very high reserves and Surpluses at the Moment," said the CDU politician. Also there should be real incentives for Doctors, so they admitted more patients.
Doctors, consumer organisations and health insurance companies had criticised the proposed law in advance. Concerns, among other things, with a view on the feasibility and the financial consequences for the cash patients.