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A doctor in Hesse has banned a headscarf for his practice. Does he thereby violate his contractual medical obligation? The National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians and the State Medical Association examine possible sanctions against the doctor.

(03.09.2010) Are the rules of a Hessian general practitioner still in conformity with the duty of a contract doctor? A family doctor from the Hessian town of Wächtersbach has issued a so-called headscarf ban for Muslim patients. The doctor also insists on basic knowledge of the German language. Families should also not bring more than five children. The regional newspaper "Gelnhäuser Neuen Zeitung" had reported on the "rules" of the general practitioner. General practitioners are now facing sanctions due to their "rules of the game".

The doctor confirmed the newspaper's report to the news agency "dpa". According to the doctor, the reason for the established rules is the major problems that have existed for years in the treatment of patients of Muslim origin. On this occasion, the doctor formulated these "rules of the game" and hung them up in his practice.

According to the regional press, the doctor now faces consequences from the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians and the State Medical Association of Hesse. A spokesman for the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians said: "The notice is reprehensible and absolutely unacceptable. The doctor violates his duty as a contract doctor to a large extent. We are checking whether we will initiate disciplinary proceedings". The doctor also faces penalties from the State Medical Association. So the case was forwarded to the legal department to check the "rules of the game" of the doctor. (sb)

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