Jens Spahn, Federal Minister of Health, has launched the Emergency Care Reform Act in hope of improving patients’ care when calling the emergency services and on arrival at the emergency room.
The Act includes provisions to unify emergency control systems so patients’ needs can be triaged between home care, telemedicine, and hospital transfer. Emergency centres will be established at hospitals with sufficient need in order to act as “first point of contact for emergency care 24 hours a day, seven days a week”.
The Act also includes key administrative and financial provisions, specifically that:
- medical care at the emergency site and rescue trips will in future be recognised as independent services of the GKV
- rescue control centres are remunerated by the statutory health insurance as part of a common emergency control system
- integrated emergency centres are to be financed by a basic flat rate and usage flat rates differentiated according to severity, outside the budget of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians
On the Act, Mr Spahn said:
“In an emergency, citizens must be able to rely on the fact that they are cared for quickly and well. That is why we want to better interlink the emergency departments of the hospitals, the emergency services and the emergency services of the doctors. So that every patient gets exactly the care he needs. Unnecessary queues in the hospital do not match one of the best health systems in the world.”
Read the press release on the new Act here.