What is political deception

Doctors' representatives accuse politics of deception

The topic of the 112th German Medical Congress is the financial undersupply of the health system

Doctor with Stetoscope (Stock.XCHNG / Sanja Gjenero)

The German Doctors' Day has started in Mainz: The focus of the four-day event is on cost containment in the health care system and the demands of doctors on politics. The President of the German Medical Association, Jörg-Dietrich Hoppe, accuses politicians of deceiving citizens about the state of the health system.

In front of around 250 delegates from the state medical associations, the President of the German Medical Association, Jörg-Dietrich Hoppe, accused politicians of deceiving citizens about the state of the health system at the start of the 112th Medical Congress in Mainz.

In addition, he defended the list of priorities brought into play by the doctors: A priority list of treatment options must be considered - and urged to invest more money in the health system. With the resources available today, medical progress will no longer be in the practices and Clinics can be mapped.

Federal Minister of Health can be defended

On behalf of Federal Health Minister Ulla Schmidt (SPD), State Secretary for Health Schröder admitted a shortage of funds, but emphasized that all citizens could participate in medical progress. Schmidt had not come to Mainz for the first time in a long time this year because he took part in an international conference on the fight against so-called swine flu. According to Hoppe, however, there is still a willingness to engage in dialogue.

Hoppe demands more money for statutory health insurance

In the morning, Hoppe had proposed on Deutschlandfunk to increase the funds for statutory health insurance because of the tight budgets. Germany will only be able to solve the problems in the health care system if more money comes into the system. This could be done through higher contributions or through tax revenues. Doctors see themselves and patients as suffering from the rationing of medical services.

He pointed out that in most industrialized countries around nine percent of the gross domestic product flowed into statutory health insurance. In Germany, however, it is only six percent. Hoppe added that there must also be reforms on the expenditure side so as not to overburden the system. In this context, he reaffirmed his proposal for a three-tier list of priorities, which provides for preferential treatment of seriously or life-threatening sick people. (Text / MP3 audio)

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