More and more self-paying services from doctors: doubts about the benefits

More and more self-paying services from doctors: doubts about the benefits

According to the survey, insured persons have doubts about the benefits of self-paying services from a doctor
In Germany, numerous so-called individual health services (IGeL) are offered in medical practices, which have to be paid for by the patients themselves. A current survey has now shown that roughly every second insured person has doubts about the benefits of such self-paying services.

Number of self-payer benefits increased
Cancer screening examinations, tests for sexually transmitted diseases or therapies such as acupuncture: Numerous additional services are offered in German medical practices that have to be paid for by the patients themselves. As data from the past few years shows, the number of patients paying for additional treatments has increased. Health experts have long criticized that many of these offers are not useful. Many patients apparently share this opinion, as an investigation has now shown.

Every second insured person doubts about the benefits
As the dpa news agency reports, a recent Forsa survey on behalf of the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) shows that almost every second person insured by law has doubts about the benefits of privately paid medical services. The IGeL would have no use, say 38 percent of the respondents. Another 15 percent believe that they are in no way useful. In addition, one in four respondents had the impression that a doctor sometimes or often recommended unnecessary examinations or treatments. Some consumer advocates also see it that way, warning that patients are often put under pressure by doctors to buy certain services and are also poorly informed. (ad)

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