Ticks are already lurking for victims

Ticks benefit from mild temperatures in winter. This is why the bloodsuckers are already active early this year. “There are already the first infections,” parasitologist Ute Mackenstedt from the University of Hohenheim told Südwestrundfunk (SWR). Baden-Württemberg is a tick risk area. Many people here become infected through tick bites. The parasites like to sit in tall grass, bushes, gardens or in the forest and lie in wait for their victims. Experts advise people to protect themselves from tick bites by wearing long, closed clothing and sturdy shoes. Anti-tick sprays are also available. Anyone who has been out and about in… Read More

Medication now on e-prescription

The old pink prescription from the doctor’s surgery has had its day: at the beginning of the new year, it will be replaced by the e-prescription. People with statutory health insurance can then simply go to the nearest pharmacy with their insurance card and pick up the medication prescribed by their doctor. The co-payment rules will not change. The e-prescription can also be redeemed in online pharmacies. Further information can be found on the homepage of the Federal Ministry of Health: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/e-rezept In the doctor’s surgery, e-prescriptions are created digitally, signed and stored on a central system. At the pharmacy,… Read More

Requesting children’s sick days by telephone

Since mid-December, parents have been able to ask their doctor to confirm by telephone that they need to look after a sick child at home. This was agreed by the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV) and the Federal Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV), as reported by the “Ärzteblatt”. The certificate is valid for a maximum of five days. The prerequisite is that the doctor knows the child and considers the sick note by telephone to be justified. A visit to the doctor’s office is therefore no longer necessary. The certificate is the prerequisite for the… Read More

Sick notes by phone again

Patients with mild symptoms can take sick leave without going to a doctor’s surgery. However, unlike during the coronavirus pandemic, sick leave by phone is only valid for five days. The prerequisites are that patients do not have severe symptoms, the patients are known to the doctor’s surgery and there are no video consultations. This was decided by the joint federal committee of doctors, health insurance companies and clinics. Patients should call the practice. A doctor will call them back and clarify whether they need to come to the practice for an examination after all. Patients must inform their employer… Read More

Fewer paid leave for parents of sick children in 2024

From next year, fathers and mothers will only be able to stay at home for 15 days a year to care for their sick child. For single parents, it will be 30 days. This has been decided by the Bundestag and Bundesrat. During the coronavirus pandemic, the number of sick days for children was increased to 30 days (60 days for single parents). However, there will be no change to the entitlement to child sick pay for those with statutory health insurance: parents who care for sick children under the age of 12 will receive 90 per cent of their… Read More

Get a new health insurance card quickly

Anyone who has lost their health insurance card—the electronic health card eGK—must apply for a new one from their health insurance company. This also applies if the card has been stolen. In both cases, the secret code must also be blocked if the card was equipped with it. If you have to see a doctor while waiting for the new card, the health insurance company with which you are insured will issue a replacement certificate. Replacements usually arrive quickly. “The necessary passport photo is stored with the health insurance company, so you don’t have to submit a new photo,” says… Read More

Contact points for the medical emergency service

Many doctors’ surgeries only have limited opening hours. However, medical emergencies often occur at weekends, on public holidays or outside these hours. In life-threatening cases, the emergency number 112 should be dialed. However, many emergency rooms are overloaded. The medical and pediatric on-call service is available for acute cases of illness that are not life-threatening. It can be contacted throughout Germany day and night on 116117. The on-call service will provide information on how to proceed and refer you to a doctor in an emergency. There is a dental emergency service for acute dental complaints. An online emergency service search… Read More

Only with a mask in the Tübingen hospital

More and more people are becoming infected with the coronavirus or other pathogens. Tübingen University Hospital is therefore making masks compulsory again. It will apply from Monday, 13 November, according to the hospital. The mask requirement applies to all buildings. A simple surgical mask is sufficient for visitors and outpatients as well as patients at the day clinic. It does not have to be an FFP2 mask. Staff at the hospital will also wear a mask when in direct contact with patients. https://www.medizin.uni-tuebingen.de/de/das-klinikum/pressemeldungen/609?press_str= tun23111001 www.tuenews.de Pflicht an der Uniklinik Tübingen: OP-Masken. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Martin Klaus. 000831

When the child is sick, the health insurance pays

When a child is sick, mothers or fathers often cannot go to work because they cannot find care. For children younger than 12, they are entitled to children’s sick days and children’s sick pay if there is no one else in the household to look after the sick child. This means that the mother or father does not have to go to work and their health insurance fund transfers 90 percent of their net salary. This is what it says on the homepage of the Federal Ministry of Health. Parents who are insured with a statutory health insurance fund are… Read More

Muslim chaplains at the University Hospital in Tübingen

At Tübingen University Hospital, Muslim chaplains accompany people of the Islamic faith during their stay in hospital. The consultations are coordinated by Hazem Elgafari, who has been working as a chaplain since 2017. The team consists of three men and two women. It is not only when life and death are at stake that people seek support from clergy. As Hazem Elgfari reported during the Intercultural Week, he also receives requests during Ramadan, for example. Is a devout Muslim allowed to take vital medication during the daily fasting period or does he have to wait until sunset? As Elgafari explains,… Read More

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