German doctors are mobilizing, but the German medical profession in general is neither starving nor threatened with extinction
The organizers spoke in advance of the largest demonstration of doctors after the Second World War, and in the end it seems to have been true. In Berlin alone, more than 40 associations participated and about 20.000 participants in the "Day of the Doctors" rallies, and nationwide, half of all practices remained closed. In this way, Germany’s physicians in private practice also protested against undesirable developments in the health care system, which, according to Jorg-Dietrich Hoppe, have led to "inhumane working conditions and unpaid overtime" for some time.
The president of the German Medical Association estimates that additional expenditures of seven billion euros per year would have been necessary if all services provided by physicians in private practice had been paid in full. By compensating all overtime in hospitals, this amount could increase by another five billion euros.