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Corona bonus: Finally also for nurses in clinics - but is that enough?

2020-09-03T15:54:22.776Z

After much pressure, nurses in clinics should now also receive financial corona recognition. That is not enough for everyone.



After much pressure, nurses in clinics should now also receive financial corona recognition.

That is not enough for everyone.

Because of the special burdens in the Corona crisis *,

nursing staff in hospitals

should now also

receive a

bonus of up to 1,000 euros

- like those already employed in elderly care.

The statutory health insurances (GKV) provide 100 million euros to pay one-off premiums for up to 100,000 clinic employees.

This was announced by the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds and the German Hospital Association on Thursday.

Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn

(CDU) welcomed the plans and wants to implement them.

The Verdi union, on the other hand, criticized it as a “minimal solution”.

The clinics should determine in coordination with the employee representatives who exactly receives a one-time bonus and in what amount

- depending on how much nursing staff were used in the treatment of corona patients in bed.

In justified exceptions, other employees, for example in emergency rooms, should also be able to receive a bonus.

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Corona bonus: bonuses for clinic employees too

Spahn said: "Many employees in many clinics have made a significant contribution to treating corona patients under difficult conditions in the best possible way.

That was a particular stress. ”It is good that there is now finally a detailed agreement to recognize this achievement with bonuses in a targeted manner.

The minister had asked the two associations to come up with a concept.

The background was broad criticism that

so far

there

has only been a corona bonus in care for the elderly

.

Verdi board member Sylvia Bühler warned that the solution would make many employees dissatisfied.

Only a small part of the 440,000 nurses in

hospitals should

benefit

from the

bonus

- and only in certain clinics.

“Precisely when it comes to recognizing the services in the pandemic, clinics and health insurance companies are stingy.

That is shameful. ”Spahn also has to ensure that the efforts of other employees are rewarded, she said with a view to cleaning staff and laboratory workers.

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Corona bonus: who will get it?

The

funds from the 100 million euro pot

are to go to hospitals that had a certain minimum number of Covid 19 cases by September 30.

This should take into account how severely a clinic is affected by the pandemic.

Because the crisis had different effects.

Sometimes there were special preparations and stresses due to corona patients in intensive care units.

A number of other treatments have also been suspended or postponed.

GKV board member Stefanie Stoff-Ahnis said: "We are grateful for the great commitment of the nurses in the care of corona patients." There is now a solution that enables the premium to be paid out quickly to nursing staff who are particularly stressed. Managing Director Georg Baum said the concept paves the way for a tax-free recognition bonus, with the 100 million euros to come from the liquidity reserve of the health fund, into which the contributions of the statutory insured will flow.

The two associations stated that a separate contribution from private health insurance is expected.

They also appealed to the federal states to increase the premium to up to 1,500 euros.

This is also the case with the Corona bonus for elderly care.

The Bundestag decided on bonuses of up to 1,000 euros in May.

The costs are estimated at one billion euros - this will initially be borne by

long-term care insurance

, but the federal government has announced a subsidy.

Countries or employers can increase the bonus to up to 1500 euros

, which would remain tax-free.

(dpa)

* Merkur.de is part of the nationwide Ippen digital editorial network.

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