Digital Congress of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) as part of Germany´s Presidency of the EU Council
The COVID-19 pandemic has posed an enormous challenge to health systems worldwide. Focusing on experiences made in Germany and throughout Europe, the KBV´s digital conference #healsy20 asked the relevant questions: Which healthcare concepts have proven effective? What difficulties do the systems have to cope with? And: With which consequences?
Debates in 2 panels and 9 sessions with 39 presentations brought many answers to light: from international experts for an audience of more than 700 from 38 countries.
Both panels and most of the presentations are available as videos online. This also includes the keynote by Prof. Reinhard Busse from the Technische Universität Berlin. In his comparison of how the different EU member states have coped with the pandemic, Busse assessed the main differences in testing strategies and in the treatment of patients with COVID-19. According to his study, Germany has coped better than other countries so far, because the vast majority of patients (19 out of 20) were treated in ambulatory care, whereas in France approximately two-thirds were treated in hospitals. He concluded, that – in order to eliminate hospitals as locations of mass infection or even hot spots – patients should be kept out of hospitals as long as (medically) possible.
More than 700 guests from 38 countries were welcomed by Dr. Petra Reis-Berkowicz, Chairwoman of the Delegates´ Assembly in the KBV. She is GP running her own surgery in Bavaria since 1990. Photo: Andrea Katheder
Germany´s Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn pointed out the ambulatory care system as one of the main factors in dealing with the pandemic. Photo: Andrea Katheder
Distinguished panelists in Berlin and via video conference: Jens Spahn, KBV Chairman Dr. Andreas Gassen, the GKV-SV´s Chairwoman of the Board Dr. Doris Pfeiffer, and the Director for Europe of the World Health Organisation Dr. Hans Henri P. Kluge. Photo: Andrea Katheder
All sessions and chats were assisted by KBV staff. Photo: Andrea Katheder
“Global Pandemic – Global Responsibility?”: The closing panel focussed on the question, how future vaccines against COVID-19 could and should be distributed in a fair manner. Photo: Andrea Katheder
Foto: Andrea Katheder
In between the two panels, parallel sessions highlighted nine different aspects of dealing with the pandemic.
#healsy20 was partner in the associated program of the Federal Ministry of Health during Germany´s Presidency in the Council of the European Union.