White Paper on the Situation of Ophthalmic Care in Germany (2012)

September 2012, [PDF in German language]
This white paper on the situation of ophthalmological care in Germany takes stock of current ophthalmological care and uses care data and population statistics to show the growing need for care in the future. A current survey among the members of the German Society of Ophthalmology (DOG) and the Professional Association of German Ophthalmologists (BVA) provides an assessment of the current situation of ophthalmological care in Germany conveys the assessment of ophthalmologists in Germany on the current supply situation and results in a sceptical prognosis of the ophthalmic profession about the future supply situation. More than other medical specialities, ophthalmology is affected by the demographic changes in our society as well as by structural changes in outpatient and inpatient care. Ensuring comprehensive, up-to-date and high-quality care in the future will not be possible if the necessary resources are not increased at an early stage in response to the growing demand for care.
This White Paper is addressed to all those involved in ophthalmological care. In addition to ophthalmologists, it addresses those who are responsible for the planning and design of the health care system.