Telephone sick leave should be extended

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From: Andrea Stettner

Because the omicron virus variant is spreading at breakneck speed, the health ministers of the federal states want to extend sick leave by telephone.

Sick leave over the phone has already done doctors and patients a good service during the corona pandemic. who about cold symptoms complains, who therefore does not necessarily have to appear in practice in order to receive a Certificate of incapacity (AU)* to obtain. A phone call to the doctor is sufficient. This is made possible by a special corona regulation that has been extended several times by the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) since 2020.

Also read: What employees 2022 have to consider when reporting sick.

Sick leave by telephone is to be extended in order to protect medical practices from a flood of patients. © Daniel Reinhardt/dpa

Omikron-Welle: Health ministers want to relieve medical practices with sick leave by telephone

If the health ministers of the federal states have their way, the regulation should continue to be maintained. At a video switch on Monday evening (January 17, 2022) the heads of department asked the Federal Ministry of Health to extend the regulations on telephone sick leave for respiratory diseases. Given the rapid spread of the Omicron variant Doctors need this support “so they don’t get run over by patients”, Saxony-Anhalt’s Health Minister Petra Grimm-Benne told the German Press Agency (dpa). The number of corona infections is currently expected to double every six and a half days.

In addition, it should still be possible Medical and psychotherapeutic consultations digital respectively. There should also be a rescue package for practices if they have a high staff shortage or if acute treatments do not have to be postponed, the dpa report continues.

Telephone sick leave is still possible until March 31, 2022

Sick leave is currently on the phone still possible until March 31, 2022. You can read more about the symptoms and the symptoms you can call sick leave here. (as) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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