Lauterbach’s clinical atlas is available in a new version

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Written By Kampretz Bianca

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The so-called “Atlas of Federal Hospitals” [Externer Link] was released about a month ago. According to the Ministry of Health, the objective is to support patients in choosing a hospital. But there was great dissatisfaction. The lack of comprehensibility was criticized. Tino Sorge, health policy spokesman for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, spoke of a false start in May and called on the minister to apologize to patients.

Shortly afterwards, Karl Lauterbach (SPD) promised an update, which has been available since Thursday. For comparison purposes, the respective treatment experience can now be consulted for initially 20 important intervention complexes, after initially there was more detailed information on 23,000 individual intervention types. Lauterbach made it clear that this was very confusing for patients, but also for doctors.

Ministry of Health: Atlas shows need for hospital reform

On the portal’s home page there are now seven large blocks in the areas of heart, lungs, cancer, bones and joints, neurology, gynecology and childbirth, and vascular systems. Individual illnesses and operations can then be accessed, with more to follow.

Depending on the clinic, the selection covers up to 70% of patients, the ministry said. The offer will be expanded later.

According to the ministry, the atlas also makes clear the need for hospital reform: many hospitals do the same thing and carry out treatments very rarely, in comparison. This inadequate specialization does not do justice to the increasingly differentiated care provided to patients.

Patient advocates also see the update as a failure

The German Foundation for Patient Protection also called the update a failure. “The aim of the Federal Minister of Health was for sick people to find the right hospital for complex illnesses in the clinical atlas using simple language,” said board member Eugen Brysch. “Now there is nothing in it that can help those who seek it. So that Karl Lauterbach does not let his much-vaunted transparency offensive collapse into banality, the million-euro project must be closed.”

Lauterbach partially rejected criticism of the first version of the atlas. The treatment data used was always correct, the minister told the “Rheinische Post” on Wednesday. However, the previous offering was too complex for laypeople.

CSU once again criticizes hospital reform

The hospital reform has also long been criticized – including by the Bavarian state government, which had already announced an initiative by the Federal Council in May. In its current form, the reform puts medical care for children and adolescents at risk, Health Minister Judith Gerlach (CSU) said on Thursday: “The strict requirements of the ‘Special Medicine for Children and Adolescents’ care group are causing bottlenecks in the hospitalization of children and adolescents who are afraid of medicine.”

Above all, Gerlach criticized the planned personnel requirements – namely special qualifications for individual pediatric medical services. The minister referred to statements by experts that “there are very few experts available at national level to meet these requirements”.

Statutory health insurance companies (GKV) also fear significant additional expenses as a result of hospital reform. The legal plans mean additional costs of five billion euros per year from 2027.

With information from KNA, dpa and epd.

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