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Health insurance companies: 485 euros per person in pharmaceutical expenses

With statutory health insurance, costs are exploding. The Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) announced that the members of the statutory insurance companies were prescribed medication for an average of EUR 485 per person in 2010, based on the statistics from the umbrella association of statutory health insurance companies.

The total amount of prescriptions required for those insured by law has risen to 34 billion euros, reports the Techniker Krankenkasse. The statutory health insurance companies have been complaining for a long time about the considerable cost of medical care for patients. In 2010, a total of around 693 million medicine packs were prescribed, which corresponds to a rate of ten prescriptions per insured patient

Drug prescription costs rise massively According to the TK, prescription drug costs rose by almost two billion euros in 2010 or around six percent compared to the previous year. A total of around 34 billion euros were prescribed by the resident doctors, which corresponds to around 485 euros per capita for around 70 million insured persons. However, the Techniker Krankenkasse noticed considerable regional differences in the distribution of prescriptions. Bavaria was therefore the most economical to trade and only incurred costs of € 443 per insured patient, which corresponds to a value of almost nine percent below the national average. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, on the other hand, most prescriptions were prescribed and there were costs of 599 euros per insured patient, which is 24 percent above the nationwide average. However, it goes without saying that the prescriptions in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are probably so high due to the poor health of the patients and not because the doctors prescribe them particularly generously. The low per capita spending in Bavaria indicates the better health of the insured than the willingness to save of the Bavarian doctors.

Insured pay 1.9 billion for required medicines The massive increase in the cost of medicines does not only affect insurance companies, but also their members. According to the information provided by the Techniker Krankenkasse, the patients had to make additional payments of around 1.9 billion euros for the required medicines in 2010, which is an increase of 13 percent compared to the previous year. A logical conclusion was that the black and yellow federal government therefore tried to significantly reduce the cost increase in the area of ​​drug expenditure with the adoption of the Pharmaceutical Market Reorganization Act (AMNOG). But, as is so often the case with laws, the details determine success in the end, and it remains to be seen whether the Federal Government will take steps to reduce drug expenditure per capita in the current year - not only by critics from the opposition - as rather hesitant can. (fp)

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