What is the future of healthcare

This is what the future of the German health system should look like

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AWMF position paper for 2021

In future, health policy decisions are to be made on the basis of the best available evidence. This is one of the main health policy demands of the Working Group of Scientific Medical Societies (AWMF) e.V. for the next legislative period.

As part of the delegates' conference of the AWMF, the participants discussed important health policy goals for the period after the federal election in 2021. Scientific-medical societies with the scientific data of corresponding studies and their guideline recommendations and the AWMF are to be more closely involved in political decision-making processes than before become.

The position paper on health policy after the 2021 federal election is available on the AWMF website.

In the opinion of the AWMF, an improved quality of medical care for all people in Germany must be the focus of a patient-oriented health policy. As part of the AWMF delegates' conference, Professor Dr. Rolf Kreienberg, President of the AWMF, presented the cornerstones of the common health policy demands of the AWMF as a body of the medical-scientific societies. "The current pandemic has once again shown how important it is that our health system works well and where improvements are necessary," said Kreienberg. "For the AWMF it is important that legislative measures are demonstrably taken on the basis of scientifically verifiable facts," said the AWMF President.

The AWMF currently unites 179 Scientific Medical Societies from all disciplines of scientific medicine under one roof and thus represents a total of over 280,000 doctors, scientists and members of other medical professions. It is therefore a core concern of the working group that this concentrated expert knowledge is included even more in political decision-making processes. "When considering health policy, the professional competence of the specialist societies should be taken into account more frequently and at an earlier point in time than before," emphasizes Kreienberg.

The aging society, the increase in chronic diseases, antibiotic resistance, but also digitalization pose great challenges for society as a whole

Rolf Kreienberg

The Covid-19 pandemic has raised awareness of the importance of infection prevention and hygiene. The last few months have made it clear how important it is to involve all relevant experts from medicine and science in decision-making processes in order to jointly find answers to major socially relevant questions: "Here we have worked well with health policy, for example within the framework of a Task force that has collected guidelines on SARS-CoV-2 and its clinical symptoms and fed them into a structured consensus process, ”said Kreienberg. In the opinion of the AWMF, however, it is crucial to establish and expand this form of cooperation in other areas of activity in the future.

This applies in particular to research activities with high social relevance: "The aging society, the increase in chronic diseases, antibiotic resistance, but also digitalization pose great challenges for society as a whole," said Kreienberg. In order to cope with this, existing competencies would have to be used, but the framework conditions for research and science would also have to be improved - this requires more efficient and sustainable state funding. In this context, the working group specifically calls for the barriers to clinical research to be lowered and for access to registry data for research questions to be made easier.

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In order to sustainably advance research and scientific medicine, young medical professionals must be offered more attractive career prospects in the future. More and more subjects are suffering from a shortage of young scientists and doctors in both patient care and science. This could only be reduced by ensuring on the one hand more intensive training in outpatient medicine in teaching practices and university outpatient clinics, on the other hand the development of scientific career paths for doctors and young scientists would also have to be strengthened by sufficient financial means. “We offer science and health policy access to independent, balanced and interdisciplinary coordinated expert knowledge and competence on all topics relating to health care. Last but not least, Corona has shown how important the close but also independent exchange between politics and science is, "concluded Kreienberg.

Source: Working Group of Scientific Medical Societies (AWMF)