Rehabilitation in focus

Medical rehabilitation is an integral part of the structure of the German health system. As a security concept, it has the task of eliminating or reducing impairments such as disabilities, inability to work or the need for care in a targeted manner.  That is why medical rehabilitation not only takes into account the physical condition of the patient, but above all the situation in which he lives, i.e. his psychological and social circumstances. The focus is not only on an organic ailment, but on the whole person with their private and professional environment.

How does rehabilitation work?

As a complex range of care, rehabilitation includes help to cope with the consequences of the disease and to change behavior. Doctors, physiotherapists, psychologists and many other professional groups work together with the patients as interdisciplinary and multi-professional teams. In a specific case, this can be a spa stay with a sophisticated treatment plan in a specialized spa clinic for the individual patient, or a series of treatments in an outpatient practice.

Health protection through rehabilitation

Germany has a wide network of rehabilitation facilities with a high level of know-how and corresponding standards. In cooperation with businesses and companies, resident doctors, self-help groups, care facilities and hospitals, they offer networked care as an integration service. According to the organizers, this form of care must retain its place in the German healthcare system and be expanded as needed.

Rehab: Vacation on sick leave?

Rehabilitation sets standards. It is not a cure, holiday or  wellness , but with its specialized facilities it guarantees the treatment of its patients according to the latest scientific and research standards. Rehabilitation science research is promoted and supported by the responsible ministries and associations. A rehabilitation treatment is therefore not a holiday financed by health insurance, but medical treatment with a clear mandate for doctor and patient.

Above all, compliance with the doctor’s instructions and therapy orders by the patient is an essential factor for the successful completion of the medical rehabilitation treatment.

Medical rehabilitation with an anti-aging effect

Getting old while staying healthy is no longer the exception. Statistically, women today live to an average of 81 and men around 75 years old. Increasing life expectancy also increases the demands on one’s own health. Many of today’s 65-year-olds are hardly restricted in their everyday activities. But with increasing age, the chronic complaints accumulate. Older people – often with multiple illnesses – currently represent the fastest growing part of the population in the Federal Republic of Germany.

According to model calculations, this could increase the proportion of people in need of care to 2.5 million people by 2030! However, timely treatment  and rehabilitation  can help to avoid or limit chronic diseases and the need for care and to enable a self-determined lifestyle. Because rehabilitation helps people  stay active in old age and be able to take part in life in society.

Rehabilitation as an economic factor

Due to demographic reasons, the number of older people is increasing while that of younger people is decreasing. The demands on professional qualifications and experience are increasing. Therefore, the production of goods and services is dependent on an ever better maintenance and promotion of younger and older workers. The result will be a longer working life, stronger health prevention and professional integration. Against this background, rehabilitation is not only good for your own health, but as a medical and professional integration service, it is also an investment in the ability to work, which is required from a business and economic point of view. It helps to prevent disability or to keep it within limits, it ensures a better professional future – also for chronically ill or disabled people.

Medical and occupational rehabilitation helps to avert impairments such as disability, inability to work or the need for care, to alleviate the consequences of illness and thus to save high follow-up treatment costs. Around 80 percent of all patients of working age remain in the workforce for the first few years after rehabilitation.

The treatment costs are often amortized after just a few months. According to the organizers of the 1st German Rehab Day, timely rehabilitation could avoid spending billions on pension and social benefits, continue to pay social security contributions, and secure jobs and know-how in companies.

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