In Brief: AOK health insurance wants to ensure patients have access to personal medical files

The AOK wants to see changes to the Patients’ Rights Act that would support legal consequences for doctors who deny patients access to their files.

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Health insurance provider AOK wants to see changes to the Patients’ Rights Act that would support legal consequences for doctors who deny patients access to their files.

The company carried out a survey and found every sixth patient who requested access to their medical file was denied it. AOK is recommending penalties for doctors who withhold documents. More than 80% of approximately 2,000 people surveyed support the idea.

According to the AOK, incorporating such a change to the Patients’ Rights Act could make it easier to detect treatment errors in the future.

Berlin authorities held a summit on Thursday to discuss combating criminal clans.

Senator of the Interior Andreas Geisel said an increase in police raids are having an impact, but that some clan members are moving from neighborhoods like Neukölln towards other districts in Berlin, such as Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf and Marzahn-Hellersdorf.

Geisel now wants to increase the pressure on clans in all Berlin districts.

As the summit was underway, hundreds of federal police carried out coordinated raids in cities across Germany. The police were looking for evidence of human trafficking and other organized crimes.

 

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