Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - According to the NRW Minister of Health, hospital planning must remain a state matter even with the major hospital reform aimed at by the federal and state governments. Minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) emphasized this on Friday on WDR 5 in the "Morgenecho". The hospital landscape in the federal states is very different, it has to be planned regionally. You can't do that "with a template," said the health politician, who took part in consultations in Berlin on Thursday. "It is important to me that the countries keep the say in the hospital structure." Hospitals and schools are the most important public institutions.
In the future, clinics across Germany should receive less money based on the number of cases treated. Instead, the provision of beds, staff and certain services should be rewarded more. This is intended to take economic pressure off the hospitals, many of which have major financial problems. In addition, greater specialization of the clinics is planned.
It is true that not all houses have to offer all services, said Laumann. However, the current system creates many problems - for rural areas, for example, the minister said. A hospital with fewer than 500, 600 births a year currently has no economic incentive to continue to have a delivery room - but it needs options close to home. A basic amount should be made available to such hospitals so that they can keep maternity wards with significantly fewer cases and be in the black.