Doctors prescribe more remedies than before

The proportion of prescribed remedies rose significantly in the first half of 2010. Physiotherapy was most often prescribed.

Prescription of remedies increased significantly in the first half of this year. Remedies are understood to mean health services such as physiotherapy, ergotherpy or speech therapy.

According to the statutory health insurance technician (TK), Germany's doctors prescribed medications totaling around 2.2 billion euros to patients in the first half of the year. This means an increase of eight percent in total in the same period of the previous year. The health insurance fund bases its data on evaluations by the health insurance association GKV.

In the first half of 2010, on average, every person with statutory health insurance received prescriptions worth 31 euros. Most of the remedies were prescribed in the cities of Hamburg, Berlin and the state of Saxony. Here the average per capita was around 40 euros. The Westphalia-Lippe region achieved the lowest value, with an average value of just 23 euros.

From a purely statistical point of view, the value of a treatment was around 170 euros. Physiotherapy was prescribed most frequently. Such gymnastics is usually prescribed for back pain. The individual value was around 632 euros per treatment procedure. This is followed by occupational therapy at a greater distance. This form of therapy supports people in learning everyday actions and problems. The offer is aimed at both children and adults. However, the number of children is significantly higher. The GKV association put the total costs for this form of treatment at 198 million euros. Speech therapy cost a total of 171 million.

In October, the umbrella organization of statutory health insurance (GKV) and the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) agreed to increase the budget in the area of ​​medicines and medicines. Accordingly, the annual budget of the resident doctors for the prescription of medicines and remedies will be increased by EUR 60 million each year from 2011 due to the new requirements. (11/19/2010, sb)

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