Paediatric surgical reality in germany and visions for the future
AuthorHolschneider, A. M.
SourceEuropean Journal of Pediatric Surgery
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Over the past 2 centuries paediatric surgery has developed into a well-recognised, independent surgical speciality comparable to plastic surgery or thoracic and vascular surgery. About 550 members of the GAPS (German Association of Paediatric Surgery) annually treat about 2-3% of all 0-15-year-old children of the FRG and operate 32.5% of all children who need a surgical intervention in paediatric surgical centres. There are 83 paediatric surgical centres in the FRG. Most of them perform more than 2000 operations per year. Three newer developments are likely to influence the future of paediatric surgery in Germany: 1. demographic factors, particularly the massive reduction of the reproduction rate from factor 1 to 0.59; 2. the new German National Health Care System, called "Strukturreforrn 2000", which will introduce the Australian DRG system and a new administrative structure permitting only a restricted care of the patients under tight economic control; and 3. the European regulations of the UEMS/EBPS which the national Landesärztekammern will be required to adopt.