Very small premature babies will no longer be treated from 2023

Berlin / Neubrandenburg (dpa / mv) – Very small premature babies with a birth weight of less than 1250 grams may no longer be treated at the Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Klinikum Neubrandenburg from next year. The number of treatments is too low to ensure the necessary quality, said AOK Nordost on Thursday. The decision of the expert committee of the state associations of health insurance companies and substitute funds in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania was communicated to the clinic on Thursday.

The University Clinic of Greifswald, the Helios Clinics in Schwerin and the Südstadt Clinic in Rostock have received a commitment to treat such small premature babies in MV.

According to the information, a lower limit of 20 treatment cases will apply in the coming year. From 2024 the lower limit will be 25. In Neubrandenburg there were only seven last year. Planned births of very small premature babies are affected by the ban on treatment. Emergencies could continue to be delivered in Neubrandenburg.

According to the information, premature births with a birth weight of less than 1250 grams are rare: they affect 0.6 to 0.7 percent of all births, it said. According to the information, 11,845 babies were born in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania last year.

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