What is a medical group

South Tyrolean medical company

Networked group medicine (VGM)

youcancontact at least one doctor from his networked group medicine from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for medical services that cannot be postponed.

Networked group medicine is one grouping by general practitioners who are commissioned to ensure the health protection of the population in the catchment area for the whole day and all days of the week, namely for all registered doctors who participate in networked group medicine. This is done either via the outpatient clinic or via the availability by telephone if the opening times of the doctor's outpatient clinics do not cover the entire period from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The doctors of a networked group medicine are obliged to provide non-postponable services in the outpatient clinic for the benefit of all those enrolled in the networked group medicine free of charge. The integrated home care and the programmed home care, however, are carried out by the doctor of the individual cared for.

The assessment of whether a service cannot be postponed is carried out by the doctor after a discussion with the person being looked after and the assessment of the aspects presented, whereby the doctor bears the medical and legal responsibility for this decision. Services are classified as not postponable only for medical and not administrative reasons: for example, the extension of a sick leave, the renewal of a prescription for medication during long-term therapy or a request for a blood sample from a citizen does not constitute a non-postponable service. These applications are submitted directly provided their own general practitioner.

It should be emphasized that the already existing “networked medicines” or “group medicines” will continue to exist. This means that those general practitioners who work in networked medicine or group medicine also guarantee the enrolled patients of the doctors of networked medicine or group medicine free medical services that can be “deferred”.

You can find more information in the General Practitioner's Service Charter [PDF]:

  • Who is the general practitioner?
  • What are the working hours of the general practitioner?
  • What tasks does the general practitioner do?
  • What are the services that the doctor provides for general practitioners?
  • What is networked group medicine?
  • Who can I contact during the night hours on the working days, the day and night hours on the pre-public holidays, public holidays and public holidays that fall on a working day?

Which networked group medicine is responsible for me?

The networked group medicine to which the person belongs is the one in which their own general practitioner participates. Further information is also available from the counters in the health districts. All networked group medicine (VGM) can be called up here:

Bolzano health district

Merano health district

Brixen health district

Brunico Health District

(Last update: 12/31/2020)

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