Overcrowded emergency rooms: the emergency fee?

Survey shows Two-tier result

For years, Germany’s hospitals are complaining about overcrowded waiting rooms in the emergency departments. The load limit is reached, so the statement of many of the clinic lines. Physicians and sickness funds criticize that more and more patients end up in the emergency room on the weekends or in the evening hours, make use of, will not survive to have the necessary disease to treat. Politicians, hospitals and health insurance companies now have to think about an emergency room fee.

Wednesday, 1. May in the emergency Department of the MHH Hannover. Clemens M. has been waiting for 4 hours to the doctor. The waiting room is filled to the last seat. „I have back pain and need Medikamente“, M. says In the garden, he had strained his back, and since the pains of the back. If he can’t go, could have had the next day to see a doctor, ask a nurse in the past. Finally, it would mean a life-and-death. Other patients, which is considerably worse, will have to wait due to the onslaught longer. The Doctors and the nursing staff can make a stressed impression.

The survey showed a split result

Should patients require an additional fee to pay if you go to the emergency room of hospitals? For this purpose, a survey was started and the respondents were divided. 50 percent said they were for, against as many people were at 48 per cent, nearly. A survey study of the KKH Commercial health insurance, the Forsa Institute showed. 2 percent said they had no opinion or knew too little. Were asked of 1,003 people over the age of 18 to 70 years.

Cash-in-chief Wolfgang Matz said: „Medical care can be no question of the purse.“ Instead of burdening patients with additional cost, Matz, an improved control for patients to come due to slight illness in the first place the idea to go to the emergency hospitalization.

Change in the law should be brought on the way

Outside of normal practice times, the emergency is to be converted to supply. Federal Minister of health, Jens Spahn (CDU), a fundamental change in the law. Urgent objective was the Emergency to relieve the hospitals, the Minister said.

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Many patients do not know where and who to contact if you are ill outside of regular office hours. The 116117 is for the on-call service outside of the practice opening hours and the 112 for the emergency e.g. severe accidents, in the case of suspected stroke, or heart attack, there. Patients are well-advised to turn to in case of acute, but not life-threatening complaints outside of the regular opening Hours of the doctor’s office to the emergency service of the KVN. There, they take care of experienced Doctors.

Symptoms point right

It is “only” a thick cold, but in the often simple home remedies for a runny nose or a cough help? Or a lung inflammation that must be treated immediately, and possibly even a hospital stay is required behind the complaints? Here is a call to the medical emergency service can often provide assistance.

Some of the symptoms you should lose, however, never time, and immediately an emergency room visit and the ambulance service under number 112 and alert. For this purpose, occurring on the chest include sudden pain or an acute Stinging in the chest, paralysis, numbness, loss of consciousness or fainting, as well as a suspected fracture.

The same applies, when all of a sudden shortness of breath, blurred vision, or bleeding may occur. Because it is, for example, a heart attack or a stroke, every Minute is crucial. The sooner the treatment begins, the better the Survival or recovery chances are. (sb)