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Discrimination against health insurance patients: SPD threatens doctors with sanctions and prepares draft law.

The SPD plans sanctions against resident doctors who prefer to treat privately insured patients. The “Süddeutsche Zeitung” reports that the SPD parliamentary group in the Bundestag is working on a draft law in order to avoid the disadvantage of the legally insured in the future.

Among other things, the draft law envisages punishing resident doctors who make their legally insured patients wait too long for a treatment appointment, writes the "Süddeutsche Zeitung". According to this, fines of up to 25,000 euros and even withdrawal of the health insurance approval are planned for two years if the legally insured patients are disadvantaged when appointments are made.

Statutory health insurance patients must not be discriminated against by contract doctors. The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach told the Süddeutsche Zeitung that "working as a contract doctor is not compatible with discrimination against statutory health insurers". Therefore, doctors who violate the principle of equal treatment must be severely punished, the further justification for the current draft law. This is intended to oblige resident physicians to treat those who are legally insured as a matter of priority, which from the SPD's point of view means that waiting times of more than five working days are usually considered inappropriate. According to the draft law, exceptions that are not offered as often and that actually have capacity problems are exceptions. If legally insured patients actually do not get an appointment, their health insurance company will take care of the case and arrange an appointment for those affected. According to the draft law, the health insurance companies are to receive additional rights in the future so that these dates can also be enforced more easily.

Discrimination against health insurance patients has long been a subject of discussion For a long time, the disadvantage of health insurance patients among general practitioners has been hotly debated in politics. Because, for example, private patients are much better off when it comes to appointments. Due to the higher billing options for doctors, you usually get an appointment immediately, while those insured by law often have to wait days, sometimes weeks. A situation that the SPD is no longer able to accept. The resident physicians, as "contract doctors", should feel particularly committed to the treatment of insured patients, according to the criticism of the social democrats. However, the SPD sees a need for action not only among doctors, but also in the hospital sector.

Twin rooms as standard in clinics Similar to the CDU health expert Jens Spahn, the SPD also advocates the introduction of twin rooms as the standard for all patients in German hospitals. According to the plans of the SPD, three or four-bed rooms are still allowed, but the clinics would receive less money from the health insurance companies. The comparable approaches of the CDU had always failed due to the resistance of the coalition partner (FDP), so that the SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach now offered the Union to work with the SPD on this matter. However, given the massive campaign sentiment that has already swept through all political camps, this is likely to be an outward-looking offer rather than a serious proposal for cooperation. (fp)

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