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Health report reveals: shortage of doctors is now a reality

The majority of doctors agree: There are now too few doctors in Germany. This is the result of the current "MLP Health Report" of the Institute for Demoscopy Allensbach on behalf of the financial service provider MLP, which was presented in Berlin on Wednesday.

Lack of doctors nationwide real problem
According to the report, the shortage of doctors is no longer a gloomy forecast for 65 percent of clinicians, but has become a real problem nationwide. However, not only clinicians believe this - 56 percent of the entire medical profession share this view, which means an increase of ten percent compared to 2010.

Doctors are becoming increasingly important, particularly with regard to regional care
concerned: According to a current press release from MLP AG, 37 percent of doctors in private practice “already see a shortage of doctors on site (2010: 22 percent). Another 28 percent expect this in the next few years. ”

New federal states more affected than the west The surveyed doctors see a massive deterioration, especially in the eastern federal states: 54 percent of doctors in the east already report a lack of doctors in their region, in the west, however, only 35 percent observe this. In addition, from the doctors' point of view, there would be significant deteriorations "in regions with less structure and less populations: 58 percent of the resident doctors from areas with less than 100,000 inhabitants are already complaining about a shortage of doctors on site (2010: 31 percent)," reports MLP.

Patients complain about long waiting times in practices
But not only the doctors complain about an increasing shortage of colleagues - the negative development is also clearly noticeable for the patients, especially when it comes to waiting times: almost two thirds (64%) of the patients state that they spend a long time in the waiting room 52 percent complained that they had to wait a long time in advance for an appointment.

The report reveals an increasing level of dissatisfaction, especially among those insured by law: 67 percent of the cash register patients stated that they had sat in the waiting room for a long time despite an appointment - whereas only 48 percent of the private patients were able to share this experience. And, according to the report, the health insurance patients also seem to have to be significantly more patient when it comes to appointments: 55 percent reported great difficulties in getting an appointment as soon as possible, which was only true for 35 percent of the privately insured.

A lack of doctors is also clearly noticeable in clinics
However, according to the report, the shortage of doctors does not only result in longer waiting times in doctor's offices. Many patients also notice a negative development in everyday clinical practice: 57 percent of citizens are concerned that hospital doctors have less and less time for the individual patient. In addition, one in four of those surveyed indicated that too few doctors and specialists had worked during hospital stays in the past few years, and almost one in two (46%) had also experienced a shortage of nurses and nurses.

Doctors and patients see a clear need for reform in the healthcare sector
According to the report, another negative development can be seen in health care: 40 percent of the doctors surveyed and 39 percent of the population see a deterioration in quality in the past two to three years - which, however, is overall a better result compared to the last health report of 2011 represents. At the time, 43 percent of medical professionals and 47 percent of citizens complained about loss of quality.

According to MLP AG, this improved assessment is also reflected in decreasing criticism of the government: “42 percent of the population (2011: 55 percent) do not have a good impression of health policy. On the other hand, a constant majority of doctors of more than 71 percent (2011: 72 percent) continues to give the government poor ratings. 60 percent of them have doubts as to whether politics can permanently ensure good health care for everyone - but the attitude on this point has improved significantly compared to previous years (2010: 81 percent), ”said the MLP in its press release.

The need for reform in the area of ​​care is still highly valued by both sides: While 47 percent of the population (2009: 65%) believe that something urgently needs to be done by politicians, doctors even see 73 percent (2009: 81 %) urgent need for action.

Overall, high satisfaction with the healthcare system
However, the report, for which 2100 German citizens and more than 500 doctors were interviewed, has more than just negative things to say: 82 percent and 93 percent of the doctors overall are satisfied with the performance of the healthcare system. (sb)

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