Health system: Rösler wants to cure health insured persons? Today, the hearing on the financing law of the statutory health insurance (SHI law) takes place. In the course of this, the United Verdi service union warns the federal government against "changing the system in health care" to the detriment of the insured.
The union accuses the Federal Minister of Health Philipp Rösler (FDP) of acting primarily in the interests of the pharmaceutical industry and the medical lobby. "With this bill, Health Minister Rösler apparently wants to perpetuate himself as the patron saint of the pharmaceutical and medical lobby. The KV financing law has become a patient looting law. This provokes the resistance of all employees," said Verdi Federal Executive Board member Ellen Paschke.
According to the plans of the Federal Minister of Health, the SHI insured should in future pay for the cost increases in the health care system in the form of additional contributions without employers participating in the parity system. Therefore, social associations and unions speak of a "head allowance through the back door". From 2011, the employer's share of statutory health insurance will be frozen at 7.3 percent. At the same time, patients should pay treatment costs themselves through resident doctors and subsequently - usually only a part - have their expenses reimbursed by the health insurance companies. From January 1, 2011, the health insurance companies should be able to determine themselves whether and how high the additional contributions may be. Additional contributions are levied at a flat rate, regardless of the regular health insurance contributions.
Rösler emphasizes that the so-called "prepayment doctor model" should not become a duty for citizens. In the future, patients should choose which model they prefer. However, consumer associations see this as the beginning of a "three-class medicine". So it could happen that private patients and prepayment patients are preferred in health care. The regular insured would, according to the consumer centers in the future at a disadvantage and would have to adjust to a different treatment for example in the allocation of medical appointments. "With this type of clientele policy in favor of resident doctors, Mr. Rösler takes sick and needy people into economic hostage," said the unionist. Paschke made it clear: "The principle of benefits in kind must not be shaken!" This achievement ensures that medically necessary services are provided without looking at the insured's financial resources. "Comprehensive health care should not become a privilege of the rich, but must be open to all citizens," argued Paschke.
The union wants to focus on the topic of health care during the planned company action weeks, which take place all over Germany. Verdi demands a functioning health system that will need more solidarity instead of less in the future. This is the only way to strengthen and protect statutory health insurance. (10/25/2010, sb)
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