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Countries attack on private health insurers : civil servants should also receive grants for legal funds

The pressure on the private growing health insurer. To Hamburg, more and more States want to pay their officials a half of the grant to the statutory health insurance (GKV). Brandenburg, Thüringen and Bremen announced this step for 2020, Berlin has him also on the Agenda. So far, officials only receive aid for medical treatment if you have private health insurance. Federal politicians from the SPD and the Greens, praised the plans of the private health insurance (PKV), there was criticism.

Also, Berlin's health Senator wants to "genuine freedom of choice"

in Berlin, they wanted to fix the existing "unequal treatment" with a lump sum subsidy, said health Senator Dilek Kolat (SPD), the daily mirror. "We want to introduce a real freedom of choice." Especially for officers of the lower grades, such a Shi-grant was a real advantage. "For you, namely the contributions of the private health insurance companies in the pension really a Problem, since they are in proportion to the smaller pension." On Tuesday, the Senate is busy with the vertices on the implementation of the model.

SPD Deputy Karl Lauterbach welcomed the advances of the Countries. Such steps to have more freedom of choice according to be time and would be desired "of many officials", he told this newspaper. For lower grades, the rising cost of private health insurance are a big Problem. He's counting on, that the pressure increases and more countries nachzögen.

"in the medium term, the tax payers,"

Also benefit the health-policy spokesperson of the Greens in the Bundestag, Maria Klein-Schmeink, was pleased about the development. It was "an absurdity that the business model of private health insurance, half of it is due to the fact that officials have virtually no choice, since otherwise, the employer does not grant you any participation in the contributions," she said.

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to order first and Foremost, could look forward to officials with several children and with chronic disease of the statutory health insurance grants. In the medium term, the taxpayer benefited from the freedom of choice of officials but, because of the aid of great the Future would be a "burden on the Federal government, the Länder and the local authorities".

PKV-Association: offers political

The PKV-Verband motivated startled, however, responded. The implementation of the Hamburg model sought alone, red-red, red - red-green and red-green governments, said in a on Friday published a position paper. The case was politically motivated, officials should be motivated with the Employer's contribution to the change in the Shi. It is not a surprise that such positioning "of the usual political color theory result in questions about the citizens 'insurance scheme".

at the same time, the Association warned the officials that make up almost half of their clientele before making a decision for the Shi. For one, you would have "for your PKV-rest cost of insurance usually have a lower level of Contribution". On the other, deceiving the law officials assured when there is a change in other Federal States, the risk of having to back everything on my own numbers.

Hamburg sees demand

confirmed showed First experiences from Hamburg, "the combination of aid and private health insurance is preferred by the overwhelming majority of the Officials," said Association spokesman Stefan Reker. This solution would also be "for the taxpayers for decades to come much cheaper".

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Legal funds to become more attractive, Several States pay officials soon grants

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Hamburg's health Senator Cornelia Prüfer-Storcks reported that had been assured since the new regulations in August, more than 1000 officials by law. In the lower grades, it was almost half of all new officials. The Figures showed that "there is a great need for such a scheme," said the SPD politician.

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