sore throat, the fever increases, and the cough has lingered: When patients feel the weekend sick, you need to decide. Should you go to the cashier, medical emergency, or even to the hospital or prefer to wait until Monday, if the doctor has office hours? When it comes to the statutory health insurance (GKV), and should remain, significantly more doctor’s offices are also in the early evening and on Saturdays.

“diseases are not based on the favorite hours of Physicians”, – said the Deputy Chairman of the Shi head Association, Johann Magnus von Stackelberg. The physicians ‘ associations must provide a patient-friendly office hours.

To a lot of patients said The Emergency emergency room

on Wednesdays and Fridays closed on the afternoon of the majority of the practices, in the evening and at the weekend anyway, von Stackelberg. “It is no wonder that more and more people go to the emergency rooms of the hospitals.” Currently, only about every fifth practice is open on Wednesday afternoons, on free days it is even less, found a survey conducted on behalf of the funds Association.

On Saturdays, had just opened two percent of respondents practices. The Forsa Institute interviewed according to their own information 1400 General practitioners, pediatricians, and ophthalmologists, orthopedic surgeons, gynecologists, and ENT Physicians. About half of the practices on offer on some days also office hours to 18 hours. After 19 hours it is only about every tenth.

If Doctors only offer 20 office hours per week should you at this time, no private patients or private services, request handle the funds. “For private additional business appointments and speaking must be offered by all hours,” said von Stackelberg.


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