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Zentralbl Chir. 2012 Apr;137(2):144-8. doi: 10.1055/s-0031-1283985. Epub 2012 Apr 11.

[Surgical education has its price].

[Article in German]

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Universitätsklinik Köln, Klinik für Allgemein-, Vizeral- und Tumorchirurgie, Köln, Deutschland. Wolfgang.Schroeder@uni-koeln.de

Abstract

The radical economisation of the German health-care system has caused an increasing cost awareness. Following this trend, medical education has been identified as a possible expense factor. The theoretical and practical training of young doctors needs time and costs money. However, a detailed cost analysis is still not available, since the complex daily work schedule of young professionals only allows the calculation of single cost factors. Investigations in the USA estimate the costs of surgical training at US$ 80 000 per year and per resident. At present in Germany, surgical training is indirectly financed by the DRG flat rates of the health insurance companies. Possible alternatives include the implementation of a "training fond" which is financed by a percentage fee of the DRG's as well as an on-top funding by the federal government. This "training fond" would support only those surgical units that offer a structured and certified training to surgical residents. However, a systematic cost analysis of such a structured curriculum is necessary for any further discussion.

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10.1055/s-0031-1283985
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