Survey Results of SozialBank Highlight the Economic Risks of Germany’s Nursing Shortage

Healthcare Economy as the main focus of the survey

For the fourth time, SozialBank has conducted an extensive study in June 2024 (managed by SozialGestaltung and promoted via Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Ausländische Pflege) on the social and economic context of Germany, identifying the primary challenges faced by employers in various fields, particularly those related to social and healthcare expertise. The results, depicted in the “Trendbarometer Sozial- und Gesundheitswirtschaft” (Trend barometer social and healthcare economy), provide a comprehensive overview of the current social and economic challenges impacting society.

The main goal of this study is to shed light on the pressing social and economic issues that need to be addressed to ensure a sustainable and efficient social infrastructure. The survey was distributed to around 50 selected experts from social organizations and companies, encompassing over 1800 facilities, all linked to or specializing in the social and healthcare economy.


Key Takeaways

The survey results highlight four critical key points:

1. Investments: Personnel Selection as a Long-Term Investment

One of the significant insights from the survey is the emphasis on viewing personnel selection as a long-term investment. This perspective underscores the need for consistent financial resources to support the recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals. However, the study also indicates that financial resources for investing in technology and sustainability are at risk. Without adequate investment in these areas, the healthcare sector may struggle to maintain its infrastructure and improve its services.

2. Easing Bureaucratic Processes and Refinancing Personnel Costs

The survey highlights the importance of simplifying bureaucratic processes related to personnel management. The current bureaucratic hurdles can delay the hiring and integration of new healthcare workers, exacerbating the shortage. Furthermore, the experts stress that personnel costs should be fully and unbureaucratically refinanced. This would ensure that healthcare providers have the necessary funds to cover salaries and benefits, making the profession more attractive and helping to retain current staff.

3. Ensuring a Sufficient Funding Basis for Healthcare and Social Providers

The need to secure a robust funding basis for healthcare and social providers is critical. Adequate funding is essential to maintain the social infrastructure, which is vital for ensuring the long-term security of supply for the population. The study emphasizes that without sufficient financial support, social providers may be unable to offer essential services, leading to a decline in the quality and availability of care. This point is particularly relevant in the context of an aging population, where the demand for healthcare services is steadily increasing.

4. Politicians Acknowledging the Lack of Nurses in Outpatient and Inpatient Care

The survey results have prompted politicians to acknowledge the severe shortage of nurses in both outpatient and inpatient care settings. This recognition is a crucial step towards addressing the issue, as it paves the way for policy changes and increased funding to support the healthcare workforce. By bringing attention to this critical shortage, the survey has highlighted the need for immediate action to ensure that healthcare providers can meet the growing demand for services.

Solution: Investing in International Recruitment

The personnel shortage in healthcare has emerged as the top challenge highlighted by most experts surveyed. This shortage not only affects the quality of care provided but also poses a significant economic challenge. A combination of economic investment and simplification of bureaucratic processes is suggested as a solution to enable the smooth functioning of the healthcare system.

Investing in personnel selection and reducing bureaucratic hurdles can create a more efficient and responsive healthcare system. Ensuring sufficient funding for social providers will help maintain the social infrastructure and guarantee long-term security of supply for the population. Acknowledging and addressing the shortage of nurses is a crucial step towards building a sustainable and resilient healthcare system.

The results of the SozialGestaltung survey underscore the urgent need for a coordinated effort from policymakers, healthcare providers, and social organizations to tackle these challenges. By focusing on investment, easing bureaucratic processes, and securing adequate funding, Germany can strengthen its healthcare system and ensure that it can meet the needs of its population now and in the future.

CWC Recruitment, a leading player in the healthcare recruitment field, advocates for the recognition and value of international healthcare professionals to help alleviate the nursing shortage. By ensuring a transparent, ethical, and fair recruitment process, CWC aims to make Germany’s healthcare sector appealing to those seeking an international experience. Simultaneously, it addresses the needs of healthcare facilities looking to expand their teams to provide excellent patient care.

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