Medical error: Almost every fourth patient suspects wrong therapy

TK: Around every fourth insured person suspects that they have been treated incorrectly
Many German citizens feel bad after medical treatment. According to a recent survey, 23 percent of 18 to 39 year olds suspect that they have been mistreated at least once in a hospital or doctor's office.

More and more medical treatment errors
Incorrect or inadequate treatments in doctor's offices or hospitals are not uncommon. According to a report by the Medical Service of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (MDS), more and more patients have been affected by treatment errors in recent years. In addition, there are many people who assume that their treatment did not do everything correctly.

Almost one in four suspects wrong treatment
According to a recent Forsa survey commissioned by Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), 23 percent of 18 to 39 year olds suspect that they have been treated incorrectly at least once in a hospital or doctor's office. Among chronically ill people of all ages, this proportion is even slightly higher at 25 percent, the health insurance company wrote in a statement.

But what should be done in the event of treatment errors? “As soon as a patient suspects a treatment error, he should proceed systematically. The first step is to compile a memory protocol of the treatment process and to write down the names of the doctors and nurses involved, ”recommends Christian Soltau, medical law expert at TK. The burden of proof lies primarily with the patient.

Help or advice wanted
According to the survey, over half of respondents of all ages (53 percent) who fear that their treatment has not worked properly have turned to someone for help or advice - most of them (72 percent) other doctor such as the family doctor. Only 18 percent of those affected therefore turned to their health insurance or health insurance.

Talk to the doctor involved
In the past year, over 3,000 suspected cases of a treatment error in TK insured were reported. Most suspected cases (1,204) were recorded in the area of ​​surgery. According to the information, the TK had an expert opinion drawn up in 1,460 cases, 68 of which ended up in court.

Who can patients contact if a treatment error is suspected? The TK advises to start a conversation with the doctor involved. If this does not lead to a satisfactory result, insured persons can also get advice from the health insurance company by telephone or online. (ad)

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