A family doctor in Lower Austria only wants to treat unvaccinated people to a limited extent or not at all. The consequences are still unclear, the case could possibly find imitators.
from Big | 3:34 p.m., September 23, 2021
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A family doctor in the Lower Austrian district Neunkirchen has only treated patients who have been vaccinated or have recovered for more than a week. The courier reports. If you do this 2G proof not in their practice, one can Have the doctor tested on site – for 20 euros – or have to go again. No other tests will be accepted.
Patient advocacy, medical association and ÖGK criticize this approach. A doctor of choice can decide for himself who will be treated and who will not – emergencies excluded. “A health insurance contract doctor has one public utility mandate and must therefore treat patients from his environment, “says Sigrid Ofner from the Lower Austria Medical Association. It is not yet clear what consequences the doctor may face. One wants to seek a conversation with her first, they say at the chamber.
That also has Mayor Doris Faustmann already tried. “When outraged citizens came to me a few days ago and complained, I called our family doctor,” she says. However, the conversation had relatively little effect. The doctor neither explained her motives, nor could she be dissuaded from her attitude.
Difficult to classify legally
For the unvaccinated in the area, this means for the time being: Either they pay for a test by the doctor on site, or they switch to neighboring communities. “There is three other general practitioners in the area 15 minutes by car, “says the mayor, who has no control over the matter. People without a car have to see where they are staying.
Legally unambiguous, the doctor’s behavior would only be punishable if she had one Patients in an emergency not treated Has. This has apparently not been the case so far. Otherwise, the legal situation is rather vague, according to legal circles. It is therefore first necessary to wait for the reactions of the chamber and the fund.
If the doctor gets away with her approach, this could possibly have an impact on the behavior of other doctors.
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