Midwives: Open letter to the Minister of Health



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Midwives: Open letter to the Federal Minister of Health Philipp Rösler.

In an open letter, Susanne Schäfer, Chair of the Confederation of Freelance Midwives in Germany BfHD, addressed the Federal Minister of Health Philipp Rösler (FDP). In her letter, Schäfer criticized the result of the fee negotiations for the general practitioners on October 5.

As became known in a press release published by the "Midwives for Germany" initiative, the midwives criticize the outcome of the negotiations between the umbrella organization of the legal ones
Health insurance (GKV) and the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV). According to this, each of the 150,000 statutory health insurance physicians should now receive approximately 6,700 euros more annually.

Medical fees had already risen by 6.1% in 2009, while the liability premiums for midwives had risen massively and had been offered three months ago by the statutory health insurance using simple "minimal increases" and "ridiculous amounts" (midwives for Germany) . The resident health doctors are now to receive over a billion euros, while the million are available to the 19,000 midwives in Germany every year.

Schäfer points out that these figures show the importance of childcare by midwives for those responsible for health policy and warns that this profession could slowly die out.
Already in July of this year it had become public that the liability premiums for midwives who have bedding and freelance midwives in Germany rose by 200 percent, freelance midwives in Germany by 200 percent, a perspective for obstetrics? were. Schäfer believes that an independent midwife would already carry out the first twelve births a year free of charge to pay these increased premiums. (tf, October 18, 2010)

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