The Board of Directors of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV-Spitzenverband, GKV-SV) has put forward twelve constructive proposals for extensive reforms of the hospital landscape, incorporating the effect of the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Volker Hansen and Uwe Klemens, chairmen of the Board of Directors released a statement which reads:
“The hospitals reacted quickly to the demands of the pandemic and thus prevented the virus from spreading in the inpatient area. However, the last few months have also shown that sustainable structural reforms are pending to ensure a consistently high and affordable quality of care. In particular, we need forward-looking hospital structures with focus centres and secure rural basic care, a further development of the remuneration system and an improved care situation”
The twelve proposal cover areas where they see the need for reform increasing over recent years, including digitisation, inpatient care in rural areas, further development of a performance-based remuneration system, correct billing, an improved care situation, quality assurance and emergency care. The GKV-SV wants to make a constructive contribution to the future of patient care with these twelve positions, and hopes to see bold movements towards reorganisation in the next coalition agreement.
There are also plans to design hospital structures more effectively, with the proposals calling for a more uniformed structure of the hospital landscape nationwide.
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