Antibiotics are effective against bacteria, but not against diseases caused by viruses. If antibiotics are prescribed too often or unnecessarily, bacteria can develop resistance – antibiotics are ineffective. It is estimated that about 700,000 people worldwide die each year from diseases previously treated with antibiotics.
Since March 2018, the AOK covers the costs of a quick test said to CRP for its insureds in order to help doctors make a therapeutic decision and reduce the use of drugs. 39; antibiotics.
More than 40% of people tested did not use antibiotics
Since then, the rapid test has been used by insureds of the AOK Sachsen-Anhalt about 30,000 times. In a few minutes, a few drops of blood will give the doctor an indication of a possible bacterial infection. In particular, the cold spell of the fourth quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019 was used approximately 15,000 times.
As a result, doctors have waived a possible prescription of antibiotics in more than 40% of the cases tested, or about 12,000 cases. According to AOK Saxony-Anhalt, the figures illustrate the benefits of the rapid test. "The numbers speak clear language," said Kay Nitschke, head of medical care at AOK Sachsen-Anhalt. "It should therefore be used more often.After all, 30,000 rapid tests with more than 500,000 prescriptions of antibiotics during the same period are still relatively few." The AOK therefore invites all physicians to use even more the CRP rapid test.
Since 2019, rapid test also for ENT physicians
Until now, pediatricians have been able to bill the quick test at the expense of the AOK. In order to further reduce the number of prescriptions, the ENT doctors from Saxony-Anhalt are able to bill the quick cost test of AOK since January 2019. In view of the results, the AOK is calling for in make frequent use. If antibiotics are needed, the AOK recommends that insureds always follow the doctor's prescription when taking the drug and do not interrupt the treatment prematurely because you already feel better.
The number of prescriptions decreases at the national level
According to figures from the Atlas of Supplies, the prescription rate of antibiotics in Saxony-Anhalt has been declining for years. Compared with 2010, the 2018 rate has dropped by 25%. Only in Thuringia and Saxony, prescription figures decreased further with 26%.
In national comparison, in Saxony-Anhalt, antibiotics are more commonly prescribed. With 386 regulations per 1,000 insured persons per year, Saxony-Anhalt is only in Brandenburg (317 orders), Saxony (336 orders), Thuringia (373 orders) and Berlin (379 orders). The chief is Saarland with 572 orders, followed by Westfalen-Lippe with 524 orders.