Rehabilitation in the spotlight

Medical rehabilitation is an integral part of the structure of the German health system. As a security concept, it has the task of eliminating or reducing impairments such as disability, disability or long-term care in a targeted manner. For this reason, medical rehabilitation takes into account not only the physical condition of the patient, but above all the situation in which he or she lives, in other words, his / her psychological and social circumstances. The focus is therefore not only on an organic suffering, but the whole person with his private and professional environment.

How is rehabilitation going?

As a complex provision of care, rehabilitation includes aids for coping with the consequences of the disease and behavioral change. Doctors, physiotherapists, psychologists and many other professional groups work together as interdisciplinary and multi-professional teams with the patients. In the specific case, this may be for the individual patient a spa stay with a sophisticated treatment plan in a specialized spa clinic, or a series of treatments in an outpatient practice.

Health insurance through rehab

Germany has a wide network of rehabilitation facilities with high know-how and corresponding standards. In cooperation with companies and companies, doctors in private practice, self-help groups, nursing homes and hospitals, they offer networked care as an integration service. In the view of the organizers, this form of care must retain its place in the German health care system and be expanded as needed.

Rehabilitation: leave on health certificate?

Rehabilitation sets standards. It is not a cure, holiday or wellness, but with its specialized facilities it ensures the treatment of its patients according to the latest scientific and research standards. Rehabilitation research is funded and supported by the responsible ministries and associations. A rehabilitation treatment is therefore not a holiday financed by the health insurance, but a medical treatment with a clear order to the doctor and patient.

Above all, the patient's compliance with medical instructions and treatment arrangements is a key factor in the successful completion of medical rehabilitation treatment.

Medical rehabilitation with anti-aging effect

Getting old and staying healthy is no longer an exception. Statistically, today, women are on average 81, men around 75 years old. The increasing life expectancy also raises the demands on one's own health. Among today's 65-year-olds, many are rarely limited in their everyday activities. But with increasing age, the chronic complaints accumulate. Old people - often with multiple diseases - represent the fastest growing part of the population in the Federal Republic of Germany.

According to model calculations, this could increase the proportion of people in need of care by 2030 to 2.5 million people! Timely treatment and rehabilitation, however, can help to prevent or limit chronic illnesses and long-term care and to enable a self-determined lifestyle. For rehabilitation contributes to the fact that people can stay active in old age and participate in life in society.

Rehabilitation as an economic factor

Demographically, the number of older people is increasing, that of younger people. The requirements for professional qualifications and experience are increasing. Therefore, the production of goods and services is dependent on an ever better preservation and promotion of younger and older workers. A longer working life, stronger health prevention and professional integration will be the result. Against this background, rehabilitation is not only good for one's own health, but as a medical and professional integration service, it is also an investment in working and economically required working ability. It helps to prevent or limit incapacity for work, it ensures a better future career - even for chronically ill or disabled people.

Medical and occupational rehabilitation helps to avert impairments such as disability, incapacity for work or long-term care, to mitigate the consequences of illness and thus to save high treatment costs. Around 80 percent of all working-age people remain in the labor force for the first few years after rehabilitation.

The treatment costs often pay for themselves after just a few months. In the opinion of the organizers of the 1st German Rehabilitation Day, timely rehabilitation could save tens of billions of euros on pensions and social benefits, continue to pay contributions to social insurance, and secure jobs and know-how in companies.

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