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Barmer GEK demands fewer transplant centers
The organ donation scandals of the past few years have had an extremely negative impact on the willingness to donate organs. The aim here is to regain the trust of the population, according to the Barmer GEK. The health insurance company believes that the number of transplant centers in Germany should be significantly reduced.
In order to increase the quality in transplant medicine and increase transparency, Barmer GEK believes that the transplant centers should be significantly reduced. "We don't need 50, but a maximum of 20 transplant centers in Germany," emphasizes Bernd Heinemann, Chairman of the Barmer Board of Directors. In centers with professional structures and a high transplant frequency, quality and transparency are guaranteed more than anywhere else.
Loss of trust leads to a decline in organ donation
The transplant scandals of the past were a bitter step backwards for transplant medicine. Because organ donation is a matter of trust, emphasizes Bernd Heinemann. And trust was lost in the wake of the scandals, which resulted in a significant drop in donor numbers. Currently, more than 10,000 seriously ill patients are waiting for a donor organ, while there were only 857 organ donors in 2016, reports the Barmer GEK, citing the figures from the German Organ Transplantation Foundation. In 2010, the number was still 1,296 organ donations.
Raise the minimum amount of transplants in the centers
With the concentration of transplantation medicine in highly specialized centers, the chairman of the Board of Directors believes that the population's lost trust in organ donation can also be regained. A possible selection criterion for these centers is, for example, the experience clinics have in organ transplantation. An increase in the minimum quantities for transplantation set by the Federal Joint Committee could contribute to this. In the future, only centers that meet these minimum quantities will be able to carry out transplants.
Organ donation ID is mandatory
Basically, “you can stand by organ donation as you want. Everyone should have a corresponding ID with them, ”emphasizes Heinemann. After all, a negative attitude can be documented in the organ donation card, for example, and the card saves the relatives from having to make a difficult decision about the possible removal of organs in an emergency. "I also made important comments on my ID card," said Heinemann. (fp)