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02. September 2011, Koblenz

Physicians and Bahr in Agreement?

CompuGroup Medical is conducting a representative survey about the GOÄ (fee schedule for physicians) reform.

Koblenz, September 02, 2011: The fee system has been changed in several steps since 2009,with the goal of performance-based reimbursement. The Federal Minister of Health, Daniel Bahr, will work on the GOÄ during this legislative session. What do Germany’s physicians think about that? As a specialist in healthcare, CompuGroup Medical has surveyed them about the planned reforms.

The current survey by the CGM Health Monitor provided the following results: the GOÄ reform is absolutely essential and long overdue. That’s the opinion of 80% of physicians, concurring with the demands of the Deutscher Ärztetag (German Medical Conference). Half of the physicians (50.5%) prioritize a reimbursement that is commensurate with the expenditure of time. In addition, bundled services should be defined more clearly and services should be excluded, is what one third (31.8%) of those surveyed demand. Only one out of ten physicians (8.2%) has different concerns.

Higher income and more transparency for patients through a new GOÄ
The question what effects the physicians expect from the new GOÄ reform shows two trends: on the one hand, they hope for higher income with a performance-based reimbursement (42.0%). Almost as many physicians (39.8%) expect better comprehension by patients, since there will be no ambiguity about the service provided and 18.2% of the surveyed physicians anticipate other consequences.

Different GOÄ for private and public insurance patients
Only 36.3% of the physicians agree with the statement that a uniform fee schedule for private and public insurance patients counteracts the class distinction. The majority advocates for a separation, 63.7% emphasize that the services frequently differ and they should therefore be applied individually.

Concerning the reform, Germany’s physicians and Bahr are in agreement that some aspects still need to be resolved: 91.8% believe that the GOÄ will not be reformed that rapidly, even though it is sorely needed. Bahr, however, is much more optimistic and at the German Medical Conference, he promised that the GOÄ would be adapted to the current state of knowledge during this legislative session.

The CGM Health Monitor:
The CGM Health Monitor is a joint initiative of CompuGroup Medical, the Medical Tribune and the Rhein-Zeitung. They perform representative monthly surveys of 440 general practitioners with regard to current issues in the healthcare system. You can download free printable graphs and find publications as well as information about the representative survey at www.cgm-gesundheitsmonitor.de.

About CompuGroup Medical AG
CompuGroup Medical is one of the leading eHealth companies in the world. Its software products are designed to support all medical and organizational activities in doctors’ offices, pharmacies and hospitals. Its information services for all parties involved in the healthcare system and its web-based personal health records contribute towards safer and more efficient healthcare. CompuGroup Medical’s services are based on a unique customer base of over 385,000 doctors, dentists, hospitals, pharmacies and networks as well as other service providers. With locations in 20 countries and customers in 34 countries worldwide, CompuGroup Medical is the eHealth company with one of the highest coverage among eHealth service providers. Approximately 3,600 highly qualified employees support customers with innovative solutions for the steadily growing demands of the healthcare system.

About Medical Tribune:
For over 40 years, the Medical Tribune has been one of the most widely read publications for private practice physicians. The popular weekly newspaper offers an attractive mix of medicine, health and professional policies relevant to private practice, and economic issues that apply to the medical profession. In a unique style, the Medical Tribune provides multi-faceted continued education, personal advice, and interesting reading material within a newspaper. The Medical Tribune’s success story has been documented by the independent readership review (LA-MED) for decades.

About Rhein-Zeitung:
The Rhein-Zeitung area of circulation connects the metropolitan areas Köln-Bonn and the Rhein- Main region. The economically strong region around Koblenz is located in the center. With a circulation of right of 224,000 copies and 17 local issues, the Rhein-Zeitung has approximately 640,000 readers.

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