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Sick leave by telephone is possible again – this is what you need to consider under employment law

2023-12-07T19:47:13.409Z

Highlights: Sick leave by telephone is possible again – this is what you need to consider under employment law. This was decided on 7 December by the Federal Joint Committee of Doctors, Health Insurance Funds and Clinics in Berlin. The Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KVN) and the Medical Association had spoken out in favour of the reintroduction. Four criteria must be met for a sick note by telephone: A video consultation with the attending physician is not possible. Those affected must not have severe symptoms. No personal physical examination is necessaryfor a diagnosis.



Status: 07.12.2023, 20:37 PM

By: Stella Henrich

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Sick leave by telephone is now possible again. This means that employees receive a certificate for a maximum of five days. However, there are a few things to consider.

Munich – Not only many patients are likely to be happy about this regulation, but also employees in doctors' practices. Sick leave by phone is now possible again. This was decided on 7 December by the Federal Joint Committee of Doctors, Health Insurance Funds and Clinics in Berlin.

The Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians and the Medical Association advocated sick leave by telephone

This special regulation was already in place during the Corona pandemic. However, it had expired in the spring of this year - not only to the regret of many sick people, who would have liked to spare themselves the visit of full practices with other infectious patients. It is therefore not surprising that the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KVN) and the Medical Association had spoken out in favour of the reintroduction.

This is because patients who only take sick leave block appointments and possibly become infected with other sick people in the waiting room, according to their arguments. In addition, chronically ill people could be better protected from infections, quoted NDR.de the Vice President of the Medical Association of Lower Saxony, Marion Charlotte Renneberg.

This is a significant relief for employees, employers and doctors.

Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach (SPD)

Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach also welcomed the reintroduction. "This is a significant relief for employees, employers and doctors," he told Handelsblatt. The procedure had proven itself during the pandemic and then unfortunately expired. This could avoid unnecessary visits to the doctor.

Sick leave by telephone possible again - Four criteria must be met

So now it's time to go to the doctor's office for a medical certificate. The sick leave is valid for five days. If you are in bed with the flu, you can safely stay in bed and recover.

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The following criteria must be met for a sick note by telephone:

  • A video consultation with the attending physician is not possible
  • Patients are known in the practice or .dem to the doctor
  • Those affected must not have severe symptoms
  • No personal physical examination is necessary
    for a diagnosis Source: KNV

Calling in sick quickly and easily by phone is now possible again. © Hannes P Albert/dpa

In principle, all employees must inform their employer immediately that they are ill. The bosses must also be informed about the duration of the outage by their employees. This can be communicated by phone, in some cases also by WhatsApp or email.

Likewise, parents who have to stay at home in the event of a sick child can take time off from work. At the request of merkur.de from IPPEN. MEDIA, whether paediatric sick leave will now also be possible again by telephone, the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) refers to the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV). "In today's plenary, a KBV representative confirmed that talks were already underway," said a spokeswoman for the G-BA. KBV's press spokesman, Roland Stahl, confirmed the ongoing talks to our portal. "We as KBV want the telephone AU in case of illness of the child. We have to agree on this with the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds."

Employees should observe these rules when taking sick leave

If you want to avoid mistakes when reporting sick, you should not only inform your employer in good time, but also ensure that the certificate reaches the bosses on time. Since January 2023, however, sick leave for statutory insured persons has been carried out completely electronically.

Employees no longer have to submit the sick note to their health insurance company and their boss himself/herself. This is now done electronically by the doctor's office. The logical consequence is that there are more and more electronic sick notes – even if there are still problems sometimes, as in this Bavarian municipality. However, it still applies that the certificate must be submitted from the fourth day. Those affected should therefore also think about public holidays and weekends, because these are often decisive for the deadline.

If you are ill for a longer period of time - this applies to a follow-up certificate

If the illness detected by telephone persists, the patient must visit the doctor's office for the follow-up certificate of the certificate. In the event that the certificate was issued for the first time on the occasion of a visit to the practice, the following applies: In this case, it is also possible to determine a continuing incapacity for work by telephone. However, the insured person is not entitled to an anamnesis and determination of incapacity for work by telephone.
Source: KNV

If you feel healthy again prematurely, you can of course return to the office. However, those affected should be fully recovered so that they do not infect other colleagues, for example, with a cold that has not been cured. Otherwise, employers can send the employee who is still sick back home.

By the way, you can also leave the house if you are sick, even a short vacation or a visit to a gym may be allowed. However, employees should not necessarily attend a Christmas party, according to the tip of legal experts. Unless the little broken finger alone is the reason. (sthe

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Source: merkur

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