Skip to Content

Matthias Schrappe/Intensive care monitor. Screenshot from YouTube/Freepik

Germany: Fraud allegations against intensive care units

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, politicians and hospitals have been warning of a patient overload in intensive care units in Germany. A research team led by Matthias Schrappe has now presented an explosive paper contradicting this claim. Schrappe, a medical doctor and economist doubts the "honesty" of the number of Coronavirus cases.

Published: May 18, 2021, 10:32 am

    Read more

    The physician and health economist Prof. Dr. Schrappe has been critical of the German government’s Corona policy since April 2020. Together with eight other scientists, he published an explosive paper reported German daily Die Welt on Sunday: This suggests that there has been manipulation of official statistics, subsidy fraud and dubious use of funds.

    Die Welt interviewed health economist Matthias Schrappe after the release of the study in which he criticized the inconsistencies in the handling of state subsidies by German hospitals.

    As most clinics are now private, it is logical that their financial health comes before the health of their patients. But the research by Schrappe and his team contains other explosive revelations.

    Patients who actually never had to be admitted to an intensive care unit were still transferred to the intensive care unit because there is simply more money at stake if this is the case. At the same time, intensive care beds were phased out because there is more money to be made when an intensive care unit is overloaded. In short: In Germany there has never been a shortage of intensive care units.

    Unsurprisingly the statements by Matthias Schrappe and colleagues have caused outrage. The German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) eV, the Marburger Bund Bundesverband and the German Hospital Society (DKG) “strongly reject the misleading allegations of playing with fear, the manipulation of official statistics and even the allegation of treating patients in intensive care purely for financial reasons”.

    Schrappe has stood by his claim that the hospitals wrongly collected funding for intensive care beds.

    Thus nine scientists supported the allegations of fraud with re-evaluated data on intensive care care during the Corona pandemic and published their results in the ad hoc statement on Sunday.

    In their studies, the scientists focused, for example, on acute inpatient care, the equipment with intensive care beds in an international comparison or the availability of intensive care capacity. The Hamburg forensic doctor Klaus Püschel and the Bremen general practitioner Matthias Gruhl were also involved.

    “The improvement in the general data on the prognosis of the infection (average age, hospitalization, lethality), however, raises doubts about a relevant deterioration in intensive care,” the researchers explained in their summary.

    “Looking back, question marks arise as to whether the game was being played honestly,” said Schrappe.

    In addition, it was now clear: “The fear of scarce intensive care capacities or triage was unfounded”. However, it was precisely this fear that had been conveyed by politicians. And it is also clear that many decision-makers must have been aware of this during the entire course of the pandemic, Schrappe highlighted.

    Even at the peak of all three “waves”, more than 25 percent of the intensive care beds were never occupied by Covid patients. Germany also has the most intensive care beds in Europe and is at the top worldwide. “You can say pretty much anything about the German health system – except that we don’t have enough inpatient and intensive care capacities.”

    In addition, there are 11 000 beds in Germany as an emergency reserve. They were never set up and never put into operation. And although the federal government had given half a billion euros to finance the construction of additional intensive capacities, these beds apparently did not even exist. “Obviously, they were never created or applied for,” the doctor said.

    Even the story that there were too few nurses could not be true. According to data from the Federal Employment Agency, there has never been a decline in the number of caregivers, but a substantial increase of 43 000 people in 2020 alone. The months of November and December have not yet been included.

    There has even been a tendency in hospitals to transfer patients to intensive care units without an emergency during the pandemic. “Based on the seven-day reporting rate, nowhere else in the world have so many Covid patients been treated in intensive care units as we have.” At the end of April 2021, for example, 61 percent of Covid patients were treated in intensive care units in hospitals. In comparison, according to Schrappe, it was only 25 percent in Switzerland and eleven percent in Italy.

    The scientist also expressed doubts about the targeted, adequate use of resources. The research by the scientists also revealed that on individual days there were officially more patients in intensive care than had been hospitalized overall. “Strange, incomprehensible things are happening”, Schrappe said, summarizing the situation.

    The scientists received encouragement for their report, for example, from the professor of public finance at Leibniz Universität Hannover, Stefan Homburg. “The wave is rolling: This current article also deals with the problem of faked numbers and speaks of subsidy fraud. Corona is gradually turning out to be the only self-service shop.”

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Cardinal Anders Arborelius, Bishop of Stockholm, is one of the Catholic bishops who signed the letter, which was read out in churches throughout Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland over the Easter weekend. Photo: The Catholic Church

    Care prompts bishops to criticize transgender ideology

    The Catholic bishops of the Scandinavian countries presented an open five-page letter criticizing transgender ideology on March 21, just before Easter. The document primarily expresses care and advice and was read aloud in Catholic churches in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland. Cardinal Anders Arborelius, Bishop of Stockholm, is one of the signatories of the document.

    FREEZING IN THEIR HOMES is the new grim reality for many Brits and Northern Europeans. Margaret is 92 years old and has just come in from the winter cold, but no warmth awaits her at home. She fears her own home more than the icy streets. Next to her are four thick blankets, and on the shelf above the fireplace, which she can no longer afford to buy wood for, is a meter showing the daily cost of electricity (inset). It shows £1.03, about 13 SEK. When it reaches £3, about 38 SEK, she is forced to turn off the little heat she has to afford it. Still image: ITW News

    Brits Forced to Live in Darkness and Cold

    Food prices are rising at a furious pace, fastest in Scotland in almost half a century. At the same time, energy prices are at record highs. People are forced to choose between freezing or going hungry, and a majority of Scots are forced to live in cold and darkness to cope with bills. Old generations' tricks for saving and keeping warm are returning. Nevertheless, it is feared that 10,000 Brits will die of cold homes this winter. We present the Swedish Public Health Agency's guidelines on indoor temperature. Governments in Europe are introducing rationing and monitoring of food purchases. Net-zero emissions are a lie that, in practice, de-industrializes the West and dramatically lowers our standard of living.

    Thousands of Flemish farmers block roads in Brussels against nitrogen policy

    BrusselsMore than 2500 farmers from Belgium's Dutch-speaking Flanders region gathered at Brussels' central Arts-Loi street and blocked roads with tractors toward Brussels to protest the regional government's plan to limit nitrogen emissions.

    Orban: EU energy sanctions costing citizens billions

    BudapestHungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has warned that some western states could soon send troops to Ukraine. He also criticized the fact that the EU sanctions against Russia had cost Hungarian taxpayers tens of billions of euros.

    Italy: New leader of the Social Democrats is one of Soros’ ‘preferred politicians’

    RomeDuring the election campaign, Elly Schlein presented herself as the standard-bearer of the poorest. However, her background and previous work raise doubts about her honesty.

    UK greenhouses shut down due to high energy costs

    LondonIn Great Britain, a particularly depressing facet of the crisis is now showing its first contours - and thus anticipating what is likely to happen in other European countries in the near future: because of the exploding energy prices, agriculture is being strangled and fresh produce has to be rationed.

    Lisbon opens borders to all Portuguese speakers

    LisbonNot only the German and Italian governments keep opening new paths for immigration. Portugal, too, has opened a Pandora's box and is paving the way for possibly millions of non-European immigrants to the EU – something which is not mentioned by the mainstream media.

    Illegal immigration to Italy has reached its highest level ever

    RomeIn Italy, despite the overwhelming right-wing electoral success in September, there is still nothing to be seen of the promised asylum turnaround – on the contrary. Giorgia Meloni has been in office for five months, but the arrivals of migrants in Italy have doubled compared to the previous year.

    Dismantling diplomacy with ‘feminist foreign policy’

    BudapestGerman Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) wants to counter German security issues abroad with feminist politics. Gender training, LGBTQ events and quotas are now part of their new guidelines, which are intended to bring about "cultural change". The German ambassador to Hungary, Julia Gross, provided an embarrassing example.

    Germans demand investigation of Nord Stream sabotage

    BerlinAfter the sensational revelations by US investigative reporter Seymour Hersh about the perpetrators of the Nord Stream attacks on September 26, 2022, the German government has remained silent. It does not want to comment on Hersh's research results, according to which the pipelines were blown up by Americans and Norwegians.

    Go to archive