Friday, March 11, 2016

Statutory health insurance expect rising additional contributions – FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

from the perspective of health insurance especially “absurdly high prices” for drugs are the reason for rising additional contributions .

The statutory health insurers expect a continually increasing additional contribution. At the beginning of 2016 there was an average increase of 0.2 percentage points and the growth is expected to move in the subsequent years of a similar magnitude, said Doris Pfeiffer, chairman of the Central Association of statutory health insurance (SHI), the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”, according to a preliminary -Report from the Friday edition. “Therefore, we expect that we will be at a conservative estimate in 2019 at 1.8 percent.”

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experts predict because of medical advances, an aging society and a series of reforms increases in additional contributions of 0.2 to 0.3 points per year until 2020th Earlier this year, the additional contribution on average from 0.9 to 1.1 percent higher. According to the Health Ministry, around 44 million members were affected. The additional contributions shall be borne by the workers alone, while the general contribution rate of 14.6 percent is in half financed by employers.

Pfeiffer also urged his amendment in determining the price of medicines. Currently can set the price in the first year at a new product desired by a pharmaceutical company. Only then applies the meantime negotiated with the manufacturer price. “He should also apply retroactively to prevent in the first year absurdly high prices,” she said. In addition, there must be a structural change in the hospital landscape. Especially in urban areas there are too many hospitals. Overcapacity would be degraded

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