Erlangen doctor raises violent claims: children with cancer “less profitable”

  • University Hospital Erlangen: Head of pediatric oncology makes serious accusations against politicians
  • professor “surprised about indifference” towards children with cancer
  • “Children’s cancer medicine underfunded” – but the solution is “with relatively little money“possible

Every year at University Hospital Erlangen diagnosed cancer in 90 children. Adequate treatment is now only possible with the help of donations, says Professor Markus Metzler, head of Erlangen’s pediatric oncology department, to say in a press release from the university hospital. According to the doctor, only “relatively little money” was needed for a solution. Of politics he did about it serious allegations.

Universitätsklinikum Erlangen: “Children’s cancer medicine underfunded nationwide”

For an average of 10 years, the children and young people are cared for in the pediatric oncology department at the university hospital. that young patients came from all over Central and Upper Franconia, the northern Upper Palatinate and southern Thuringia. From three-month-old babies to young adults, everything is included. But: “Children’s cancer medicine is underfundednot only in Erlangen, but nation-wide“, complains Metzler.

According to the announcement, the professor and his team are supported by Klaus Angerstein, the chairman of the Parents’ initiative for children with cancer Erlangen, and by Leonie Roderus, social worker and family therapist in the parent initiative. The association follows children affected by cancer and their families and wants to make everyday life in the hospital and the return home as pleasant as possible.

“Often the club has to fill a gap usually public and health insurance companies should close,” explains the pediatric oncologist. The fact is, however, “that with the current remuneration from the cost carriers often not even standard care The doctor from Erlangen criticizes that donations are not intended to maintain the medical standard, but they must be used more and more often.

Head of pediatric oncology ‘stunned by indifference’

“In the course of cancer, for example, anxiety or post-traumatic stress reactions often occur. The initial psychological care of patients is particularly crucial, but unfortunately this is the case in standard treatment. unsatisfactory covered,” says social worker Roderus.

According to the university hospital, sponsoring associations such as the Erlangen Parent Initiative receive a total of around 27 million euros in donations per year nationwide, of which 13 million go to standard care – mainly for the extra staff mentioned above or for the complex treatment documentation. “This means: Half of the money is used for what it is actually intended for. The other half secures the foundation,” explains Professor Metzler.

he be “stunned by the indifference”, with which the deficit in politics and society is accepted. According to Metzler, the problem could be solved with “relatively little money”. “But the children and young people have to be worth it to us. They can’t be fall victim to the systemwhere they are less profitable than the large number of adults who need therapy,” appeals the doctor, thus explaining the dilemma of the current invoicing via the case’s fixed rates.

Trust, persuasion and new approaches – “all this takes time”

These are designed for large numbers of patients, short courses and as many technical or automated examinations as possible. In the case-based fixed rates additional consumption of time and personnel, which occurs in children, not shown. “Think of a lively five-year-old whose blood needs to be drawn – it can’t always be done in a hurry,” says Metzler, describing the situation at the scene.

“Here you need trust, sometimes persuasion, often a new approach – all this takes time, and time is not rewarded in the current system.” ONE donation account and further information about the parents’ initiative for children affected by cancer in Erlangen can be found on the association’s website.

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