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Government wants to make sick leave by phone available again in the future

2023-11-30T04:50:02.146Z

Highlights: Government wants to make sick leave by phone available again in the future. It is possible that the new regulation will come as early as this year. Sick leave by telephone should only be possible "only for illnesses without severe symptoms and only for patients who are known in the respective medical practice" The topic is on the agenda of the plenary session of the Bundestag on 7 December. The Federal Joint Committee was supposed to work on a guideline by January 2024, but this has been pushed back to 2023.



Last updated: 30.11.2023, 05:34 a.m.

By: Sandra Sporer

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During the Corona pandemic, telephone sick notes have proven their worth. That is why this should be possible again in the future – with restrictions.

Munich – Winter time is cold season. And flu-like infections, the flu and other illnesses are also quickly caught in the cold season. In this case, it is important to recover properly, which may require a sick note. Until now, it was necessary to drag yourself to the nearest doctor's office – and then probably have to wait in the waiting room for some time. In short, the last thing you want when you're not feeling well.

In addition, you risk infecting the other people waiting, which is also far from optimal. During the pandemic, this problem was addressed and it was also possible to get a sick note by phone. Since April 2023, however, this possibility has been eliminated again. However, since it has proven its worth, can relieve the burden on doctors' offices and reduce the risk of infections, the federal government now wants to reintroduce it.

Sick leave by telephone should only be possible in the case of illnesses with mild symptoms

This is according to a statement from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. In it, some details about the restrictions are already mentioned. Sick leave by telephone should only be possible "only for illnesses without severe symptoms and only for patients who are known in the respective medical practice".

Calling in sick quickly and easily by phone – this could soon be possible again. © Yuliia Blazhuk/IMAGO

The Bundestag had already passed a resolution to this effect in June, which was approved by the Bundesrat in July. The Federal Joint Committee was supposed to work on a guideline by January 2024. It is possible that the new regulation will come as early as this year.

New regulation on sick leave by telephone could come into force as early as December

As the taggesschau reports, the topic is on the agenda of the plenary session on 7 December. If the new regulation is adopted at this meeting, it will come into force immediately, explains Monika Lelgemann, chairwoman of the responsible committee of the Federal Joint Committee in an interview with the ARD capital studio.

There is already an option to get a sick note without a visit to the doctor. However, under certain circumstances, the employer may refuse to take sick leave. (sp

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Source: merkur

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