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Corona virus: Karl Lauterbach and panel doctors come to an agreement in the quick test dispute


The panel doctors had demanded a complete end to the citizen tests because of too much bureaucracy. Now they have reached an agreement with the Ministry of Health. However, the deductible of three euros will not change.

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Corona test by smear in Halle (Saale)

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The Ministry of Health and the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KV) have settled their dispute over the billing of corona citizen tests.

Both sides announced this in a joint statement.

The Associations of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians will therefore continue to receive the accounts from the test centers and make payments, it said.

The data is then passed on to the federal government, which checks the plausibility of the tests and results and reports any anomalies to the municipal regulatory authorities.

Nothing will change in the new rules for citizen tests.

Since last Thursday, these have only been free for certain risk groups and occasions.

In many other cases, an additional payment of three euros is due.

The Corona Test Ordinance stipulates who is entitled to what.

The National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, which is responsible for billing the tests, had criticized the rules as too bureaucratic and announced that it would no longer be able to bill the citizen tests in the future.

KBV boss Andreas Gassen had also called for the tests to be stopped completely and described them as "nonsensical".

Statutory health insurance physicians do not want to be held responsible for fraud

It has now been clarified that the associations of statutory health insurance physicians do not have to check the new eligibility requirements for citizen tests, the KV said.

It is crucial that they "are neither responsible for nor are held responsible for cases of fraud that are based on false or falsified information from those who have been tested or test centers".

Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach (SPD) announced that abnormalities in the test results would be evaluated later.


Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2022-07-05

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