Who goes to a specialist, wait longer

Who goes to the doctor, must practice patience. This applies in particular to a specialist: There patients have to wait more often for more than three weeks for an appointment. House doctors allow, however, more spontaneous visits to the doctor. To the results of a current insured survey carried out on behalf of the kassenärztliche bundesvereinigung (KBV). For the survey, the research group of elections had asked to visit 6110 citizens 18 years and older from all over Germany to your doctor.

Accordingly, 18 percent of respondents in the last twelve months to the family doctor, 22 per cent in contrast to a specialist. “The number of patients going to a specialist is increasing,” says Uwe Kraffel by the German specialist Association in Berlin. The study results showed that younger patients up to 40 years tend more often to a specialist, while people go to the age of 60, rather the doctor.

This demand is reflected in the waiting times: These vary depending on whether the patients consult the family doctor or a specialist. The study results showed that more than a third of the surveyed patients received an appointment with the family doctor.

Long waiting times at the gynecologist

Significant differences in waiting times were the authors of the study also between the specialist groups. Most have to wait patients when a woman doctor. 73 percent reported waiting more than three days on an appointment. The reason is that the specialist does not offer procedures such as pregnancy prevention, there is the family doctor. In addition, young women have today a greater interest in education, according to the expert.

Place two of the longest wait times heart specialists, to place three psychiatrists follow. The conclusion of the light of the specialist doctors with long waiting times in the neck, nose and throat doctor. There will have to wait just under half of all respondents more than three days for an appointment.

Also, the type of insurance plays a role. More than three weeks, had to wait for 33 percent of the Insured for an appointment. In the case of private patients, there were only 18 percent. If you compare the Figures with the data of 2008 shows, however, that private patients will now have to wait more for an appointment. “Doctor, time is always scarce,” explains KBV head Andreas streets.

More important than the type of health insurance the concern of the patients is however. “On a routine preventive examination of a Patient in case of doubt, you must actually wait longer than if he or she has a flu,” says streets. It was a matter of a “current Problem”, for example, a Norovirus, has one in two (53 percent), no waiting time. For Preventive care or Vaccinations, almost two-thirds of respondents have to wait more than three days on an appointment.