With aches and pains to the doctor? Millions of Germans prefer to go to the emergency room
Instead of with your complaints, see a doctor, many patients prefer to be in the emergency room. The reasons for this are simple. However, for the clinics, this development is fatal.
A survey conducted by the Forsa Institute on behalf of the Kaufmännische Krankenkasse (KKH), about the “mirror” reported on Friday confirmed in advance. 38 percent of all respondents reported that the emergency ambulances will also drive on weekdays, when normal GP surgeries are open.
No appointment, no waiting
More than 40 per cent said that they felt cared for in the clinic, medical better than in a practice. Many patients want to avoid in addition, waiting times for specialist help. So a quarter of the respondents pointed almost to the fact that the examination in the emergency room without prior appointment. A further 13 per cent stated that they had short notice to get an appointment in a practice. For the survey of Forsa and KKH in early were asked for the year, around a thousand citizens.
Clinics complaining for years about an increasing burden on the emergency rooms which are often overcrowded. Doctors and funds the fact that more and more patients also report with minor illnesses in emergency rooms instead of going to the doctor or specialist. Federal Minister of health, Jens Spahn (CDU) wants to relieve the burden on ambulances by the law and the patient better control.