Demographischer Wandel und Daseinsgrundfunktionen: Erreichbarkeit von Hausärzten im Uecker-Randow-Kreis, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

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Population demographic change will impact the organisation and delivery of a range of population services. This is especially the case in more peripheral, rural regions where it will become more difficult to maintain the social and technical infrastructure required by a declining and older population. Particularly, in East-German rural regions it is already difficult to fill health service vacancies, especially in the case of general practitioners. In this paper a GIS was used to determine the current and likely future accessibility of general practitioners in the rural county of Uecker-Randow in the federal state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The average car travel time between the places of residence and the nearest surgery could rise from 6.7 minutes in 2008 to 9.6 minutes in 2020 under a worst-case scenario where surgeries remaining vacant after retirement. At present 76% of the population statistically reach the nearest general practitioner in less than 4 minutes, falling to 68.7% in 2020, and just 8.5% of inhabitants need 8 minutes and longer (2020: 21.1%). The use of GIS in the work has highlighted spatial disparities and helped to identify regions in urgent need of action to assure acceptable access to medical infrastructure.

Titel in ÜbersetzungImpact of demographic change on basic functions of being: Accessibility of general practitioners in Uecker-Randow county
ZeitschriftGeographische Rundschau
Seiten (von - bis)54-60
Anzahl der Seiten7
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 07.2009
Extern publiziertJa