The criticism of the new Corona aid for (especially larger) hospitals continues. The Clinotel hospital association has now presented an analysis that shows that the basic providers of the association did not play a minor role in the treatment of Covid 19 patients between January and October.
35 percent of all Covid 19 patients were treated in Clinotel member clinics with emergency levels 0 and 1, and 37 percent of the ventilation hours were provided in these clinics. The mortality rate of Covid 19 patients was 12.8 percent in the member clinics with emergency levels 0 and 1 and 15 percent in the providers with emergency levels 2 and 3. “An indication of poorer quality of care in the clinics with emergency levels 0 and 1 cannot be derived from this,” said the Clinotel association, to which 66 member establishments belong. Overall, according to the prognostic emergency care levels published by the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds, 55 locations of the association are assigned to emergency levels 0 and 1 and 33 locations are assigned to emergency levels 2 and 3.
Clinotel expresses specific criticism of the position paper published at the end of November by the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Barmer health insurance company, which was written by the two health economists Boris Augurzky and Reinhard Busse, among others. “The fact that the rescue package for the second wave of pandemics is now clearly subordinated to the clinics of care levels 2 and 3 could be justified with the – demonstrably unrealistic – picture of the basic providers for the care of Covid-19 patients from the policy paper,” says it in the press release. Financial support should not be based on structural features such as size or available intensive care capacities, but on the actual impact of the respective clinics, the association demands.