Hospital doctors “at the end” – That’s how sick our health system is

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Hospital doctors “at the end” – That’s how sick our health system is

The situation in hospitals is deteriorating. A strike is imminent at the urology department in the AKH. A doctor justifies the measure: “We are all at the end.”

Next emergency call from the AKH – this time from the urology department. A strike is imminent, reports news site ZackZack. As of today, Tuesday, doctors refuse to operate on more patients than there are beds available for their department. Only those who can be properly cared for after surgery should have surgery. Even cancer patients have to wait.

Limited operation in many places
There is a shortage of nursing staff, one department is closed and the others have only 18 beds instead of 48. Many interventions cannot take place at all. A doctor says, “We’re all at the end.” Another episode in a long story of suffering. Limited operation in children’s wards or cardiology, people leave the hospitals.

Health economist Ernest Pichlbauer has been warning for years: too many come to the hospital, even if they don’t belong. The offer must be more uniform. Also with financing. “Our system is uncoordinated from prevention to palliative care.” In addition, the staff is demotivated. Many become doctors of choice. Less stress, more income.

Andrea Kdolsky has similar findings. The doctor and former health minister says: “72 percent of the costs in hospitals are caused by the staff. That’s where you save. Many get burned out, take early retirement or go elsewhere.” The system is too expensive and not very efficient. Everything is complicated by federalism. Each state has its own rule.

Experts warn and call for reforms
The hospital director is calling for the premium system to be abolished. Instead, health care should be fiscally financed. “Then it will be standardized.” The experts do not believe in a system change. Pichlbauer regrets: “Every minister said about reforms that everyone should sit down and discuss. Nothing happened.”

There was a reform. Turquoise Blue completed the merger of the 21 Social Security institutions into five. The savings dubbed “patient billion” turned out to be an expensive campaign. According to the Court of Auditors, the merger caused additional costs of 215 million.

Source: Krone

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