Status: 29.11.2023, 13:47 PM
By: Sandra Sporer
Sick leave by phone was possible during the pandemic. The regulation is now to be introduced permanently – but only under certain conditions.
Munich – Winter brings snow, Christmas markets – but unfortunately also waves of colds. So it can quickly happen that you are in bed with a fever and have to take care of a sick note. However, you first have to drag yourself to the doctor and, in the worst case, infect a few other people there. Not to mention the long waiting times.
Of course, this is not an optimal situation. The federal government is also aware of this and now wants to reintroduce the possibility of obtaining a sick note by telephone. This was possible for the first time during the pandemic. However, as of April 2023, this option no longer existed. The new regulation could come into force as early as the beginning of December. However, sick leave by telephone will only be possible in certain cases.
Calling in sick quickly and easily by phone – this could soon be possible again. © Yuliia Blazhuk/IMAGO
Sick leave by phone could be possible again this year
During the Corona pandemic, the regulation "relieved medical practices and reduced the risk of infection - for example in full waiting rooms," according to a statement from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on the subject.
It also describes the restrictions that are to apply in this regard. This is because it is not possible to obtain a medical certificate by telephone for every illness. This should only be possible "in the case of diseases without severe symptoms and only in patients who are known in the respective medical practice".
Sick leave by telephone is on the agenda of the plenary session on 7 December
The Bundestag had already passed a resolution to this effect in June, which was confirmed by the Bundesrat in July. The next steps envisaged that the Federal Joint Committee would draw up a guideline by January 2024. Now, however, it went faster than expected, because according to Tagesschau, the topic is on the agenda of the plenary session on 7 December.
If the new regulation is adopted in this meeting, it would take effect immediately, explained Monika Lelgemann, chairwoman of the responsible committee of the Federal Joint Committee, in an interview with the ARD capital studio.
Of course, it's best not to get sick in the first place. Prevention can, for example, strengthen the immune system. In the event of prolonged illness, the employer will continue to pay wages for six weeks – and then? (sp)
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Machine support was used for this article, written by the editors. The article was carefully reviewed by editor Sandra Sporer before publication.