Doctors receive an additional 800 million euros



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Fee increase of three percent for the medical profession

The fee for doctors and psychotherapists will increase by up to 800 million euros in the coming year, according to the agreement reached on Wednesday evening between the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) and the umbrella organization of statutory health insurance funds (statutory health insurance association). According to the KBV, this corresponds to a salary increase of around three percent. "This increase is linked to the agreement of a routine procedure for inflation compensation in medical practices, which can absorb at least part of the rising costs in the next few years," reports the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians.

The agreement reached in the so-called Extended Evaluation Committee brings a significant increase in fees for the medical profession (a total of 590 to 800 million euros is expected), but according to the CEO of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, Dr. Andreas Köhler, far from solving all problems. Thus, "the next step towards a predictable fixed individual service remuneration was unfortunately postponed." The so-called capping of additional medical services will only be put to the test next year. Here, "the medical self-administration must now take preparatory measures to achieve this goal next year", because only if it is possible to define basic family and specialist medical services can a fixed individual service remuneration be agreed here.

According to KBV boss Köhler, the fixed increase in fees also takes into account the cost increases in the practices. In addition, both sides would have agreed on further funding for primary care of 140 million euros, half of which should benefit the general practitioner and specialist medical division, according to the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians. "We need resident doctors for local care close to home," said Regina Feldmann of the KBV board of directors regarding the additional funds agreed here. (fp)

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