Navigation Links
Visit to the doctor: The supply of additional private services is increasing
Date:7/2/2009

Panel physicians are increasingly offering individual health services (IHS) to patients with statutory health insurance. This is documented by Susanne Richter et al. of the Department of Social Medicine, Lbeck University, in the new edition of Deutsches rzteblatt (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2009; 106(26): 433-9). IHS include medical health services which are not reimbursed by the health insurance funds and which the patient has to pay for himself.

In February 2007, the authors interviewed a total of 4898 inhabitants of Lbeck and Freiburg/Breisgau aged between 20 and 79 years about their experiences with limitations in health services and IHS. 1899 of the respondents were insured in an official health insurance fund and had visited a doctor during the previous 12 months. More than 20% of this group reported that there were restrictions to services - particularly when visiting orthopedic physicians, GPs and dermatologists. Most of the services refused were medicines or drugsmore rarely rehabilitation measures or aids. More than 40% of the respondents reported that they had been offered IHS in the doctor's practice or that they had enquired themselves. Most of the offers came from ophthalmologists or gynecologists. Measurements of the internal pressure in the eye and ultrasound investigations were most often suggested. The patients' enquiries were about the prescription of medicines, drugs or aids, as well as blood or laboratory tests and services related to travel medicine.

The respondents had a favorable opinion about briefing concerning the costs and benefits of the additional services. There were however deficits related to the explanation of the risks, written information, written contracts on treatment and the possibility of obtaining a second opinion. Some patients said that these offers made them feel nervous, uncertain or under pressure to accept the services. About 43% of the respondents were first refused prescriptions and then offered them as IHS. / RO


'/>"/>

Contact: Dr. Stephan Mertens
mertens@aerzteblatt.de
Deutsches Aerzteblatt International
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Children Uniting Nations, Russell Simmons, Mos Def, David Archuleta, Terrence Howard, Gabrielle Union, Vivica Fox, Elise Neal, and Shawn King - Visit Nations Capitol to Promote Student Mentoring and Change for Child Welfare
2. National Survey Finds Nearly All Adults Say They Wash Their Hands After Visiting Public Restrooms, But Most Think They Are Exception
3. Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be Honored Before Sold Out Crowd at IGHL 30(th) Anniversary Gala During First Visit to Long Island
4. Mrs. Lily Safra, President of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation, to Announce Major New Medical Research Initiative During Israel Visit
5. The Hispanic got milk? Campaign Visited Denver May 17th - May 20th
6. Medtipster, a Search Engine With a National Database of Generic Drugs on Discount Programs That Allows Visitors to Search by Zip Code, by Lowest Price, is Now Out of Beta
7. Finland Biotech Delegation Visits Sundia
8. 50 Nurses from 50 States Visit Capitol Hill to Preserve Home Health Medicare Benefit for their Patients and All Americans
9. Study finds virtual doctors visits satisfactory for both patients and clinicians
10. Phish Frontman Trey Anastasio Visits Capitol Hill to Support Drug Courts and Calls on Congress to Put a Drug Court Within Reach of Every American in Need
11. Prepare Your Pet for a First Veterinary Visit
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... Experts from the American Institutes for ... Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. , AIR ... care planning, healthcare costs and patient and family engagement. , AIR researchers will ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room , ... Sesan Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , ... our new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, whether it’s a ... the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. However, those who ... , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind the tendency to set ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to extreme ... “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there was ... other children and say he was going to kill them. If we were driving ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... San Diego, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... up with the American Cancer Society and the Road To Recovery® program to drive ... care to seniors and other adults to ensure the highest quality of life and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition ... - Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... to date financial data derived from varied research sources to ... potential impact on the market during the next five years, ... of sub markets, regional and country level analysis. The report ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... RIDGE, Ill. and INDIANAPOLIS ... of students receiving a Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow,s Leaders Scholarship ... The 2016 scholarship winners, announced today online at ... to let type 1 diabetes stand in the way ... Diabetes has supported the Foundation,s scholarship program since 2012, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the ... (United States, China, Japan, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, France, ... Surgical Procedure Volumes: ... provides surgical procedure volume data in a geographic context. ... analysis of growth drivers and inhibitors, including world population ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: