The people in Münsterland are predominantly satisfied with local health care - even in times of crisis such as the Corona pandemic. People from rural areas as well as from the city feel this way, as has now become clear in a survey.
The region has a total of more than 30 hospitals and clinics spread all over Münsterland. In addition, there are numerous local doctors. In the district of Borken, for example, there are about 144 doctors per 100,000 inhabitants, in the city of Münster the doctor density is about 314 doctors per 100,000 inhabitants. This means that a large proportion is satisfied with the range of general practitioners and access to specialists in Münsterland. The people of Münsterland also consider the provision of pharmacies to be very good.
The infographic below illustrates the health care provision for the city of Münster and the Münsterland districts with figures regarding population, area, number of hospitals and clinics as well as doctor density.
The figures are based on a survey conducted by the "münster.land.leben" initiative, which is an important part of the Münsterland brand and which is coordinated by Münster University of Applied Sciences. In May 2020, 600 citizens between the ages of 18 and 80 were surveyed. The survey was conducted by the Institute for Communication Science at the Westphalian Wilhelms University (WWU) Münster. This was preceded by a call for funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to research Covid-19.
The study complements the research on health communication in rural areas that has been ongoing since 2019. The university-wide project "münster.land.leben" at Münster University of Applied Sciences with more than 75 partners from business, industry and society aims to strengthen health care, participation and well-being in rural areas. More...
The survey assessed the Münsterland as a whole, but was also evaluated separately for the individual districts of Borken, Coesfeld, Steinfurt and Warendorf as well as the city of Münster. This is because these areas differ in terms of population, area, number of hospitals and clinics, and density of doctors.
A closer look reveals differences in the regions. These show that satisfaction in the countryside is lower in some areas than in Münster. But even in the countryside, the majority of people are satisfied with health care. This applies, for example, to the availability of family doctors. While 88 percent of those surveyed in Münster are satisfied with this, it is somewhat less in the district of Borken, namely 78 percent.
The situation is similar when it comes to the evaluation of hospital care: Three quarters of the citizens in Münster and Borken think this is OK. Elsewhere the values are slightly lower - in Coesfeld it is 69 percent, in Warendorf 72 percent. People in the district of Steinfurt are less positive. Here, 62 percent of respondents express their satisfaction. Satisfaction is also highest in Münster with regard to the supply of specialists (76 percent). The figures are lower in the surrounding districts.
Thus, there is a slight urban-rural divide: The residents of the city of Münster are more satisfied with almost all of the services surveyed than the residents of the surrounding districts. This can be explained by the shorter distances to the health services as well as the significantly larger offer of doctors in Münster.
Satisfaction with the health services is also strongly dependent on the age of the respondents. It tends to increase the older a person is: those over 60 years of age express more satisfaction with the provision of specialist doctors in Münster than those aged 18 to 35.
You can get all important information on the topic of health as well as an overview of contact persons at the health offices of the Münsterland districts and the city of Münster.
Click here to go to the health and veterinary office of the city of Mün ster.
You can reach the contact persons at the health office of the district of Borken here.
Click here to go to the Coesfeld District Health Office.
You can find out more about the public health department in the district of Steinfurt here.
You can reach the Health Department of the district of Warendorf here.