Some thoughts about the German health system

Don’t worry – this is not going to be a political rant. Maybe a tiny political rant, but not too much of it, I promise.

Well, for three years now I have been taking tablets against osteoporosis. It is very difficult to find a orthopaedic specialist who is interested not only in your bones but in you as a person, who tells you that there is a connection between the way you face the world around you and the way you sit, walk, and stand.

After some time of trying out orthopaedic specialists and spending too much time in their waiting rooms without having the feeling that I was really cared for I found a very good one. He prescribed Alendron acid against my osteoporosis and asked about my sports activities. He sometimes talked with me for half an hour, although we both knew that he did not get paid for that by health insurance.

Some days ago I learned that he had died suddenly by heart attack. He was about my age, even younger. I still feel kind of lost. I don’t know whether I will find a specialist like him again. That’s the personal part of the story. The other question I have is: Do we live in a society in which a doctor either works himself to death in order to follow his oath or neglects the needs of patients in order to earn lots of money? I admit, there are ways between the two extremes, but I know a lot of doctors who do a very good job and are not anywhere near a life in luxury.


About Ulla Hennig

I live and work in Berlin. Taking photos is one of my hobbies, and writing is one of my hobbies, too. So I decided not only to show some of my pictures here but also present some of the thought which came wth the pictures.

One response to “Some thoughts about the German health system”

  1. Judy Adamson says :

    Some years ago I started and ran a backpain support network and we did a survey to try to discover, amongst other things, what had helped our members. We were particularly interested in whether ‘alternative’ therapies really helped as they were very new at that time. Over and over, our members wrote that they did help but that it was the time taken by the therapists to listen to them and really take on board their ‘stories’ that brought the most relief. BTW, I too have osteoporosis and the medication has done a wonderful job!

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