Health cards (symbol picture): more expenses, missing income
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That will be expensive: the statutory health insurance companies in Germany will need a record subsidy from the federal government in the coming year.
As the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance (GKV) announced, there is an additional financial requirement of seven billion euros.
This was predicted by the so-called appraisal group made up of experts from the Federal Ministry of Health, the Federal Social Security Office and the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds.
According to its own announcement, the committee expects expenditure for the health insurance companies of around 284 billion euros, after an estimated 272 billion euros this year. Since it was stipulated by law that the additional contributions to health insurance should be kept stable at an average of 1.3 percent in the next year, the gap must be closed with additional money from the federal government.
The federal grant, like the health insurance contributions from employers and employees, flows into the health fund, from which the health insurance funds are paid. Usually the grant is 14.5 billion euros. An additional seven billion have already been planned for the coming year. With a further seven billion euros, the grant would grow to 28.5 billion euros. The federal government must initiate this by ordinance. A deficit of this size had already been expected.
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) said that a lot has been invested in the last three years: in better care, in faster digitization, in comprehensive care - and above all in coping with the pandemic.
“That pays off for the patients.
But that costs, especially after an economic crisis. «Parliament wrote the promise of stable contributions in the law.
They stand by this social guarantee.
"That is why we will now quickly submit a corresponding ordinance and coordinate it with the Federal Ministry of Finance."
The chairman of the board of directors of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds, Volker Hansen, said: "We expect the federal government to provide a corresponding federal subsidy quickly - and thus avert the risk of increasing additional contributions across the board in the next year."
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