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MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –

Source: CDU CSU

Mister President! Dear Colleagues! There are three reasons why we in Germany have gotten through this crisis so far: Firstly, we learn new things every day through cooperation, in the federal and state levels, in the municipalities, in parliaments and governments. A majority of the population, the citizens, are responsible and, above all, responsible for the measures, because they are aware that freedom does not mean: “I can do what I want”, but is always associated with responsibility, responsibility for myself and for others. Second, our healthcare system is robust, and thirdly, our public finances are too.

It is important not to question this basic solidity, but rather to continue drawing the right conclusions on this basis.

(Applause from Deputy Dr. Roy Kühne [CDU / CSU])

For me, this means that we as a society persevere. Each of us is in danger of becoming infected every day, every day in a wide variety of situations: on the move, in public spaces, especially in closed rooms, when it is socializing or when distances are not observed. Nevertheless, after six months of good progress here in Germany, it is difficult for many to see the real danger. That is the paradox: The good course results from the fact that so many participate, that so many take care of each other. But at the same time some say: Yes, look, nothing happened. The measures were not necessary at all.

(Shout from the AfD)

My dear colleagues, it’s exactly the other way around: because we have taken measures, so little has happened so far and we in Germany got through the crisis so well.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU, the SPD and the FDP as well as from members of the ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS)

Most frequently confronted with this danger are the employees in the care facilities, in the hospitals, in the doctor’s offices, the people who are present in the healthcare system as healthcare for us when we need them, who help around the clock every day. A recent survey showed that the satisfaction of Germans with their health care system is at a record level. Yes, there are problems in everyday life. And yes, even in the pandemic, there are too often problems with daily care in everyday life. But at the same time, there is also a good feeling among many citizens. The virus is the same in all countries. The fact that the course is so different also has to do with a good and strong healthcare system. That awareness is there. I think we can express that from time to time. We are grateful, we are humble, but we are also quite proud of a healthcare system that can do something like this in a pandemic.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD as well as from members of the FDP and the BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

Now it’s also about us helping those who help us all in health every day, who support us. We make it as easy as possible for them by simply continuing to take care of each other, especially with a view to autumn and winter. The AHA formula is perhaps trite; but it is very effective. It is the best, the sharpest weapon that we have against this virus: keep your distance, respect hygiene rules, everyday masks in closed rooms, especially where the distance is not always guaranteed. When I hear: “I am a free person, I don’t wear a mask”, I always say: I wear the mask of my own free will, because freedom for me always means respecting the freedom and health of the other.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU, the SPD and the FDP as well as from members of the ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS)

That’s why you wear the mask: to protect others, not because you think of yourself first.

Second, it is about tackling where there is a need to catch up in the healthcare system. We see that once again with digitization and data exchange. The fax message from the laboratory to the health department was not a legend, but a reality – far too long before this pandemic. In three months we have managed to enable more digitization and data exchange in the healthcare system, including between laboratories and health authorities, than was previously possible in ten years due to various blockages. This shows that if you do it right, such a crisis is at least an opportunity to overcome certain blockades and doors.

That is also what we are going to do in terms of health policy. We want the electronic patient record to finally start on January 1, 2021, i.e. in three months – that’s not that far away. After 15 years of debate, it finally starts on January 1st.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU and the SPD)

– That is cause for joy; that’s true. – Digitization is not an end in itself. It is about making everyday life easier for citizens, patients, but also for everyone who works in the healthcare sector, because information is available, because secure communication is easier because there is support. This electronic patient record will not do everything from day one; it won’t be perfect from day one. In terms of data protection and data security, it will be the best possible. And in the specific applications it will of course continue to improve step by step. But we finally have to start with the first applications at some point. The e-prescription, the electronic prescription for medicines, will then be added in the course of 2021.

You know, dear colleagues, it’s not just about digitization in the healthcare system and electronic patient files. It’s about helping to shape and also helping to shape, that we go our own way between the surveillance state with Chinese characteristics and surveillance capitalism that we see in the USA, where the corporations ultimately collect the data. It is also about a whole lot of European sovereignty in the health care system that we are developing something like this here. That is why this project is so important for the 1920s and for our future.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

The point is that we continue the course we have already started in the last two and a half years with the specialists, namely gradually revising all health professions in their content, in their characteristics and design. The content of some health professions was last revised in 1974 or 1980. Since then, at least according to the legal situation, nothing has been further developed in teaching – in practice, of course, in everyday life. Nevertheless, we want to further develop these professions, just as we have done with the PTAs for the pharmacies, just as we are currently doing with the MTAs, the medical-technical assistants, who incidentally do a huge job in the laboratories every day in this pandemic . This is also an area that is not always in view. Without the many workers in the laboratories who work overtime every weekend and every day so that the results are there quickly, we would not have come through so well so far. That is why I think it is an important sign that we are now revising this MTA occupation, finally abolishing school fees and introducing training allowances for this occupation.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

We are continuing this in other areas. We have created additional positions in nursing, in nursing as well as in geriatric care, and also in terms of specialist nursing positions, about 13,000. Yes, I know they are not all filled yet. But the qualitative difference is: The money is there. There was no money before. Now the money is there and the positions can be filled little by little like the 20,000 positions for nursing assistants in the care facilities. We will continue to develop the health professions in the next few months, the content of the nursing profession and the licensing regulations for doctors, because we see in this pandemic: Well-trained people, health care professionals are exactly what makes us strong in this crisis.

Then it comes down to solid financing, and a well-balanced balance is needed to bring the responsibility of the individual and the family into balance with the responsibility of society and us as a solidarity community. We will therefore briefly present the key points for a long-term care reform that addresses precisely these questions: how we can find a new, correct balance for the 20s, also based on the experience of recent years, between responsibility 25 years after the introduction of long-term care insurance , also the financial responsibility, of the individual and the families and society as a community of solidarity and how we make care fit for the 20s, also based on the experiences from the last few months.

But it is also all about investing in the future of healthcare, in our future, in the future of the 1920s. And one thing is important to me: that we don’t always discuss health expenditures as “costs”. Yes, they are an important factor in non-wage labor costs, and we want – this is our guarantee – to keep them below 40 percent in the next year, especially in this economic crisis. But we have just seen in this crisis that a strong economy, an economy that can start again more quickly, step by step back to everyday operations, can only succeed if there is also a strong health system. That depends on each other.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the delegate Sabine Dittmar [SPD])

It is therefore important to see the expenditures in the areas of health care and care not just as costs, but as investments in the future and as insurance, as something that catches us and protects us from illness and care in personal crisis, but just even in the social health crisis of a pandemic. At the same time, it is about having solid state finances – that too is a requirement; that’s what we’ve seen – to endure shocks like such a pandemic. Finding the balance between the right investments in the future, what expenditure is necessary for a strong healthcare system, and what is also important in terms of moderation and economic stimulus in order to have solid state finances, that is what these budget consultations are all about . We want to make our contribution in Section 15 – Federal Ministry of Health.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)


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