Mr. Reinhardt, from your point of view as the top representative of the German medical profession: How well is medical care going in the corona crisis?
It is still going very well, especially compared to other European countries. This applies to both hospitals and outpatient care. The clinics have prepared as well as possible and are luckily still far from being overwhelmed.
The hospitals currently treat 7,000 people with Covid-19. 1500 are in intensive care units, 1100 are ventilated. The number of ventilation places has increased from 20,000 to 30,000. Is that enough?
At the moment, the capacities, which are ramping up massively, have not yet been exhausted. This enables us to accept Covid 19 patients from other countries and to show European solidarity. The problem is that we don’t have a complete overview of which capacities are still available in which house.
But there is the intensive care register, which the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine DIVI has developed together with the Robert Koch Institute and the German Hospital Society.
Yes, but participation there is voluntary. Of the 1160 hospitals with intensive care beds, only around 700 are covered, which is not enough. I am in favor of Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn using his recently adopted law to protect the population to make the reporting of the clinics on the DIVI platform mandatory. Then we could see exactly in which city, in which hospital and how many ventilation places are free, and use them quickly and sensibly.
How does the supply of protective equipment to clinics and practices work in the meantime?