Many doctor positions in Berlin remain vacant

Many doctor positions in Berlin remain vacant

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Berlin According to the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KV) Berlin, numerous doctor positions in Berlin are vacant. As a result, there is a shortage of doctors, particularly in general practitioners’ practices.

The districts of Marzahn-Hellersdorf and Lichtenberg, with currently 86 vacant seats, and Treptow-Köpenick, with 42 vacant seats, are particularly affected, said spokeswoman Laura Vele. Most recently, the supply level in these districts was below 100 percent (as of June 2023).

It was also just below that in Spandau and Reinickendorf. There is an undersupply of general practitioners when the level of care is below 75 percent. Fortunately, we are a bit away from that, said Vele. According to figures from the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, there were an average of 73 general practitioners per 100,000 inhabitants in Berlin in 2023.

According to the information, there is also a shortage in some specialist groups. There are currently 25 vacancies for pediatricians and adolescent doctors in Berlin, and 8 for gynecologists. New figures are to be published at the end of May. Because many doctors are about to retire, the situation could worsen in the coming years, according to Vele.

Across Germany, the proportion of people over 60 is particularly high at 37 percent among general practitioners. Last week, Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) introduced legislative plans that are intended to improve conditions in practices and maintain the practice network in view of the impending waves of retirement.

According to the draft, the usual upper limits on remuneration for general practitioners will be lifted, as is the case for paediatricians. This means that they will be paid for overtime, even if the budget is exhausted.

We very much welcome the plan to de-budget GP services, said Vele. It is a form of appreciation for the daily work of GPs. © dpa/aerzteblatt.de

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