From now on, general practitioners should carry out the corona tests. The decision has been heavily criticized. Doctors would therefore have to decide in the future who is entitled to a test and collect the citizen's own share of three euros. The test regulation would thus become a "bureaucratic monster".
German medical associations have criticized the compromise solution for billing the corona citizen tests. The agreement between the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) leaves the collection of costs and the examination of the eligibility requirements for free or discounted tests with the doctors on site, explained the Federal Chairman of the German Association of General Practitioners, Ulrich Weigeldt. The doctors would therefore “consider very carefully whether they can still offer citizen tests or not”.
For the doctors on site, "nothing was gained at all" with the compromise, explained the chairman of the working group for outpatient care of the Hartmannbund, Marco Hensel. They would have to continue to grapple with the issue of self-disclosure and then collect the deductible. "Actually, one should recommend to colleagues to simply let the testing go."
Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach and the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians agreed on a compromise for the new citizen tests on Monday. Accordingly, the associations of statutory health insurance physicians will continue to receive the statements from the test centers and make payments. The data is then passed on to the federal government, which checks the plausibility of the tests and results and reports any anomalies to the municipal regulatory authorities.
"The local doctors are the jerks," explained family doctor representative Weigeldt. "The 'bureaucracy monster test regulation' remains unchanged." In the future, the practices would have to “run a cash register and collect three euros from some patients.”
In addition, they should check "whether someone is eligible or not," the head of the association continued to criticize. "To do this, the doctors have to be able to prove whether someone is going to a concert in the evening or not - according to the justification of the regulation, in case of doubt by having the tickets shown to them." These regulations are "absurd" and "unworkable in practice".