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According to the PKV, Germany has the best healthcare in Europe
Long waiting times for a specialist appointment, overcrowded hospitals, refused therapies: Many Germans often express themselves very negatively about the German health system. However, a new study by the Association of Private Health Insurance (PKV) concludes that health care in this country is the best in Europe.
Health system better than its reputation
The German healthcare system does not necessarily have the best reputation. For example, an examination by the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) showed that almost one in four patients suspected that they had been treated incorrectly in a doctor's office. The long waiting times for a specialist appointment are also criticized. Despite all the criticism, according to a recent study, German health care is the best in Europe.
German healthcare is at the forefront of Europe
According to a new study by the Association of Private Health Insurance (PKV), health care in Germany is at the top in Europe.
The study by the Scientific Institute of the PKV (WIP) shows that all citizens in this country have very good access to medical services compared to other European countries.
According to a message from the institute, 76 percent of German patients receive a doctor's appointment on the same or the next day. "With this result, Germany ranks first among all countries surveyed," says the WIP.
According to the information, these rates are lower in countries that are often compared to Germany. For example, in the Netherlands at 63 percent, in Sweden at 58 percent and in France at 57 percent.
No long waiting times for a specialist appointment
In this country, only three percent of respondents would have to wait two months or more for an appointment with a specialist. According to the study, the figure is seven percent in the Netherlands, nine percent in Switzerland and 28 percent in Norway.
"In summary, it can be said that international comparative studies, administrative data and survey results show that waiting times play a subordinate role in Germany," the study concludes.
And further: "From the perspective of the OECD, the waiting time debate in Germany is rather insignificant in view of the situation in other countries: Germany has a phantom debate about waiting times in an international comparison."
Fast access to innovative medicines
Furthermore, nowhere else in Europe do patients have such quick access to innovative medicines.
It takes only 3.5 months from approval to market launch in Germany, while it is 5.8 months in the Netherlands and almost 16 months in Spain.
Another special feature is the great freedom of choice and therapy in the German health system. In Germany, patients have direct access to the specialist of their choice. In the majority of the other European countries this is impossible.
And: "Other entry hurdles, such as high mandatory co-payments for medical treatments, are also widespread outside of Germany," the message says.
Treatments abroad are seen as an indication of patient satisfaction with their healthcare system.
According to the information, the willingness to travel abroad for medical treatment varies considerably compared to other European countries.
It is highest in the Netherlands with 66 percent of those surveyed and lowest in Germany with 11 percent. (ad)