How Germany skeleton to embankment paper ill records for digital ones

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But a yellow paper note – strictly called a Arbeitsunfähigkeitsbescheinigung (incapacity to work certificate) is slated to be abolished and transposed by an electronic certificate as of Jan 1st, 2021. 

Through a new regulation, doctors’ practices will surprise health word companies electronically about ill leave in a future.

The latter will afterwards brazen a certificate directly to a employer, and let them know about a start date and generation of a ill leave. 

A check to reinstate a long-standing paper gelben Scheine (yellow notes), as they are ordinarily known, was pushed brazen by Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) as a approach of minimizing bureaucracy. 

Passed on Wednesday, it relates to all legally insured people in Germany, or about 85 percent of a population. 

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Electronically submitted

The ill presentation has formerly consisted of several pieces of paper: One contingency be sent to a employer, one to a health word company, and one is dictated for personal files.

Employees are customarily compulsory to give their employers this central presentation after a fourth day of job in sick. However, some employers might direct central explanation as early as a initial day of ill leave.  

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While a new law strictly goes into outcome on Jan 1st, 2021, Statutory health word organisation Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) already has a commander devise for ill notifications to be transmitted digitally to employers.

An augmenting series of people are holding ill leave in Germany any year, with an estimated 4.45 percent of publicly insured workers divided from a bureau due to illness in 2019.

Graph prepared for The Local by Statista.

Yet some contend that a skeleton don’t go distant adequate to soothe red tape. “One swallow does not make a summer”- and [one digital plan] doesn’t nonetheless make a law to soothe bureaucracy,” pronounced Steffen Kampeter, Managing Director of a employers’ organisation BDA, to DPA.

There have been prior attempts to revoke bureaucracy concerned with ill notes. Late final year, a Hamburg start-up announced a devise to emanate ill records by WhatsApp after joining patients and doctors. 

However, health caring companies were distrustful of a records being supposed by all employers.

READ ALSO: Don’t use WhatsApp ill note service, German doctors advise 

Germany’s grand bloc is formulation serve digitalization measures. In a future, it will be easier to store taxation papers electronically. Furthermore, a digital registration form is designed for overnight stays in hotels.


Abolish – abschaffen

Notification of illness – (die) Krankmeldung

Doctor’s note – (die) Krankschreibung

Sick leave – (der) Krankenstand (KS)

Transmitted digitally – digital übermittelt

One swallow does not make a summer – Eine Schwalbe macht noch keinen Sommer 

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