BApK

Bundesverband der Angehörigen psychisch erkrankter Menschen e.V.

“Lively discussions about financing psychiatric care”

The financing of psychiatric care is always a hotly debated topic. Both in community psychiatric services and hospital care there is a battle for financial resources. The most far-reaching change process is the one being experienced by hospital financing. In 1992 the “Psychiatric Staffing Regulation” (Psych-PV) came into force. By classifying mentally ill patients receiving treatment in hospital according to type of treatment and treatment areas the Psych-PV calculates an average workload and labour cost and the clinics are reimbursed accordingly. The newly created “Law for the advancement of care and reimbursement for psychiatric and psychosomatic services “ (PsychVVG) from 2016/2017 relies instead on service-oriented and flat-rate reimbursement of psychiatric support measures. The BApK has intervened in the lively discussion with a statement to put across the viewpoint of the families of persons affected.