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Hospitals 'profit from unnecessary operations'
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Hospitals 'profit from unnecessary operations'

Published: 02 Dec 2012 12:52 GMT+01:00
Updated: 02 Dec 2012 12:52 GMT+01:00

German hospitals are increasingly performing non-vital operations for financial gain, according to a damning report by the largest German statutory health insurer due to be released this Friday.

“Our new report reveals that many operations are just performed so that hospitals make money,” Uwe Deh, chairman of the AOK group executive board told the Der Spiegel magazine in comments due to be published on Monday.

The number of operations performed in German hospital rose significantly over the past year, the magazine said, an increase that can only partially be explained by demographic changes and medical improvements.

AOK said it had particularly recorded a rise in the most expensive operations, such as those on the spine, which have increased by 130 percent since 2005 among patients insured by AOK.

“Patients in Germany can no longer be sure that they are being treated for medical reasons alone,” said Deh.

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13:39 December 2, 2012 by raandy
It was not that long ago they published an article that stated 1 out 0f 10 surgeries are botched.

Now they are performing unnecessary surgeries to generate income.

and another article stated.

"New figures have revealed another opportunity for corruption in Germany's organ transplant system - not only can doctors pretend patients are sicker than they are to bump them up the queue - data on organs can also be manipulated."
22:29 December 2, 2012 by mobiusro
My feeling is that this is a distract tactic. The real question is why do the doctors do this? Because the state insurances, being greedy kept cutting down on the money they are willing to give to their payers when they are sick. So the doctors had to get inventive to survive. But now, that the eyes are on the insurance companies because their chests are overflowing they are trying to distract the public attention telling the people that doctors are actually the bad guys and that the insurance actually need to get more money.

I don't know, this just doesn't smell right.
11:52 December 3, 2012 by grinners
Classic case of Insurer crying Wolf I'd say.

..."according to a damning report by the largest German statutory health insurer..."

As a statutory health insurer, I'd say we shouldn't be looking to deep into their claims.

It would make more sense for such a study to be undertaken by an independent body.

It seems more like a push to doctors and hospitals to triple check op's, which would result in a better profit margin for AOK.
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