Going to the doctor was yesterday – this finding can definitely be issued to the domestic health system. While the ÖGK would like to send patients to the practice via video link, the Medical Association wants to continue to process sick leave over the phone.
The ÖGK said on Thursday to the APA that they were in constant contact with the medical association and hoped for a timely agreement. The aim is to guarantee the insured a medical assessment. To do this, the sick note via video consultation must be included in the overall contract. A secure connection is important. This can be done using the “visit-e” model developed by the ÖGK or an equivalent system. In addition, the insured person must already be known to the contractual partner.
The medical association wants the phone notification of illness still retained. Just because the pandemic seems to be taking a break, that’s no reason to throw this useful tool overboard so hastily, emphasized Johannes Steinhart, head of the Vienna Chamber and Vice President of the ÖÄK, in a broadcast. He saw the “ÖGK Economic Chamber Wing” at work, which he attested to distrust of the insured. The video sick leave is technically immature, said Steinhart: “The proposal is completely useless and will only confuse and annoy patients and doctors who are used to reliable processing.”