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More and more doctors without a German passport – that creates a problem

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More and more doctors without a German passport – that creates a problem

Never before have so many doctors worked in Germany without a German passport. As of December 31, 2023, there were 63,763 doctors, as the newspapers of the Funke media group reported (Sunday), citing statistics from the German Medical Association. The number has more than doubled since 2013 (around 30,000). In 1993 there were only around 10,000 foreign doctors.

Problems due to poor knowledge of German

According to the information, most doctors without a German passport come from EU countries or other European countries as well as from countries in the Middle East. The most common countries of origin are Syria (6,120), Romania (4,668), Austria (2,993), Greece (2,943), Russia (2,941) and Turkey (2,628).

The general manager of the Rhineland-Palatinate State Medical Association, Jürgen Hoffart, warned of growing problems caused by foreign colleagues’ poor knowledge of German. There are always life-threatening misunderstandings. The terms chest pain and abdominal pain are confused, causing the doctor to look at the stomach and miss the heart attack.

According to Hoffart, the problem will get worse in the coming years. Unfortunately, the need for personnel in medicine cannot be met in the future with “our own” students. Of the around 11,000 university graduates in Germany every year, a significant proportion do not go into work.

“Without a doubt it’s a quandary.”

The board of the German Foundation for Patient Protection, Eugen Brysch, told the Catholic News Agency (KNA) on Sunday that everyday German skills are essential for foreign doctors: “Otherwise misunderstandings are inevitable, which can lead to parallel examinations but also to treatment errors.”

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The facts show that the German healthcare system relies on foreign doctors, he added. In hospitals in particular, the staffing gap could be closed. In addition, foreign countries are often more attractive for local medical professionals and at the same time the part-time quota has been increasing rapidly for years.

“Without a doubt, this is a dilemma,” added Brysch: “But the linguistic qualifications of the staff must not be reduced. Otherwise, sick people will be even more disadvantaged.”

Very old patients who also suffer from hearing loss or dementia in particular need doctors with a feeling for language: “In addition to the evidence of general and technical language examination certificates that are already required, there must also be a nationwide C1 standard in patient communication.”

The patient advocate warned that proof of technical language was not enough. So far, however, such a regulation only exists in a few federal states: “Hospital authorities are also required to regularly check the language suitability for the specific activity. The proof must be documented.”

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