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Record-breaking sick leave - sick leave by telephone only until the end of May


In March, the sick leave rose to a record high, according to an evaluation by the Techniker Krankenkasse. Soon, sick leave will no longer be possible.

In March, the sick leave rose to a record high, according to an evaluation by the Techniker Krankenkasse. Soon, sick leave will no longer be possible.

  • TK reports significantly more sick leave in the corona crisis *.
  • According to reports, sick leave rose to a record level in March.
  • A sick leave * as an exception to the corona crisis is still possible until the end of May.

Health insurance reports significantly more sick reports in the corona crisis

The Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) According to have as the German press agency reported in March as many reported sick workers  in 20 years no more. As an evaluation of the cash register , which is available to the Funke media group, shows, the proportion of employees on sick leave was 6.84 percent. The highest level last year was reported to be 5.30 percent.

More sick leave - mostly called colds

It was said that the main reason for sick leave  was the common cold . The head of TK, Jens Baas, suspects that a large proportion of the above-average sick leave can be explained by preventive sick leave due to the corona pandemic . At the beginning of May, the umbrella association of statutory health insurers (GKV) reported that sick leave had risen sharply during the corona crisis.

Telephone sick leave as an exception until the end of May

Basically, a sick leave by telephone as an exception in the corona crisis should only be possible until the end of May. From June 1, 2020, a visit to the doctor will be required again for a sick leave * , as reported by BR Online among others.

The cash registers expect less income because of the corona crisis , reports dpa. The reasons for the falling income include the economic consequences of the corona crisis, such as increased unemployment or short-time work * . On the other hand, additional expenses arise, for example, by increasing the number of intensive care beds or by assuming the costs for symptom-independent corona tests. However, expenses have temporarily dropped because operations and treatments have been postponed, dpa writes.

Planned expansion of corona tests would result in additional costs

In mid-May, the statutory health insurance companies had already requested state support for additional expenses and expected reduced income from the corona crisis. In view of the planned expansion of corona tests, the health insurers recently insisted that the state bear the costs, as dpa also reports.

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Source: merkur

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