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Healthcare reform violates WHO recommendations

Healthcare reform violates WHO recommendations

According to the German Trade Union Confederation, the planned health reform of the federal government violates the general WHO recommendations.
22.11.2010
As part of the health reforms that come into force at the turn of the year, insured persons under statutory health insurance are facing new burdens. Among other things, the health insurance companies can determine the amount of the additional contribution themselves. The general contribution rate increases to 15.5 percent. The additional contributions will continuously increase the insured person's expenses. The WHO health report made it clear that the health care reform violated the WHO recommendations.

On the occasion of the presentation of the World Health Report by the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margarete Chan, the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) calls on the Federal Government to implement the WHO recommendations in Germany. The DGB board member Annelie Buntenbach said on Monday in Berlin: "The health reform of the coalition violates fundamental recommendations of the World Health Organization. Instead of following the WHO's central demand to reduce the co-payments and personal contributions of insured persons or patients, the existing co-payment regulations will become not only maintained, but expanded with the expansion of the additional cost regulation, "warned the trade unionist.

In Buntenbach's view, the additional contributions (lump sum per person) and the promotion of reimbursement (prepayment model) contradict the WHO requirements. "By entering the exit from solidarity financing, the coalition is seriously damaging the international reputation of the German health care system because in future the burdens will only be shifted to the insured and patients," said the German Federation of Trade Unions.

Expenditures for health insurance have risen According to information from the DGB, the health expenditure of private households has increased more than the expenditure of the statutory health insurance funds. The most recent expenditure was more than 35 billion euros (2008). The financing of health insurance is now largely taken over by the insured themselves, because the proportion of employers / employees (equal funding) is shifted unevenly at 60:40 to the disadvantage of the insured. By freezing the employer's share in the course of the health care reform and by introducing new additional contributions, the relationship to the disadvantage of the health insurance patients will shift further. "These additional burdens will not be reduced by the health care reform - on the contrary: According to the will of the CDU / CSU and FDP, the insured should in future bear all cost increases by means of additional contributions that are independent of income. In addition, the coalition increases the pressure on patients to pay in advance (reimbursement) - this increases the co-payments without any benefit for the insured. "

According to the union, this shows that the "serious injustices" of the federal government are causing great damage to health care. The DGB wants to continue to campaign against the additional contributions and to promote solidary citizens' insurance. (sb)

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