The German healthcare system follows a clear structure.

Hospitals and resident doctors share the care of patients among themselves; the two areas - also known as sectors - are often clearly separated from one another.

Experts criticize that this is not always optimal for the sick.

There have been repeated attempts to open up the rigid system of sectors.

But most of the efforts have failed; they rarely go beyond model tests.

Many experts agree that there is an urgent need for action with regard to the supply structures.

Demographic change poses great challenges for the health system and it is becoming more and more demanding to take good care of patients, especially outside of the big cities.

There are many indications that time is of the essence.

Society will soon have to find a convincing answer to the question of how the supply structures can be made sustainable.

At a joint conference, the FAZ Group and the Robert Bosch Stiftung are looking for ways in which medical care can keep pace with the changes.

What can we learn from other countries? 

At the FAZ “Health & Care” conference, the participants think about which approaches can work.

Have those responsible with medical care centers, portal practices and doctor networks already found viable solutions that work on site?

Or maybe more is needed, is there a need for a major leap in health policy in the next legislative period - if so, what should it look like?

For this purpose, successful models abroad will also be looked at during the day.

In many areas, the community nurse is the first point of contact for patients and local health centers bundle all elements of primary care.

Whether this could also work in this country is one of the big questions at the Congress.

This takes place in the Frankfurt Goethe University and in parallel digitally.