German doctors give private patients special treatment, says study | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | 12.01.2018
German doctors shut their doors to state insurance patients at the end of each quarter to save money, a new study has shown. Germany's profit-driven health care system is increasingly attracting criticism.
There exist telephone routing systems that give precedence to calls from known private patients if there is a waiting line, then unknown numbers and then known numbers from state insurance patients. Still hard to believe that there are developers who create such systems or that there is a demand for such a system from doctors.
Well, but also there was an interesting situation at the child doctor recently. We had been there for a vaccination for our youngest kid and also had to made an appointment for the next suggested child health review which is paid by the insurance. They said that there is a waiting lists for 2-3 months for such a check up. At the same visit I asked for an appointment for an expertise of one of the other kids that we needed and which we had to pay ourselves and I was surprised that this was done right away! I still want to believe that she did it because we have been there anyway and just wanted to be helpful and nice. But when paying cash it still left a bitter feeling somehow.