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The Minister of health stops tenders : Better diapers and wheelchairs from the cash register

Minister of health, Jens Spahn (CDU) has announced to stop the previous undercutting competition of the statutory health insurance funds for so-called AIDS, such as incontinence diapers, wheelchairs, support stockings, or crutches. The previous price war for the cheapest offer, "too often, the patient's detriment," said Spahn of the "New osnabrück newspaper". Therefore, there will be "no future tenders for tool more."

would have to be able to needy disastrous supply

patients and care "to rely on the fact that diapers, crutches and generally all the necessary tools are good and reliable," said Spahn. He was responding, among other things, to the fact that large health insurance insured inter continence had not paid patients just cheap diapers that did not satisfy the demands.

Instead of the previous tenders of tenders will need to complete the funds according to the Spahns plans in the future framework agreements with tool manufacturers and suppliers, in which quality standards are anchored. For this Reform Spahn wants to change the scheduled appointment, service and supply act, to adopt the Bundestag in February. The corresponding Amendment was already agreed to with the skilled politicians of the CDU and the SPD.

quality assurance act has proved to be a Flop

last year, a law was in force, had that take account of the funds in procurement decisions for resource in addition to the price, but also qualitative requirements. In it, you were also obligated to its Insured for a choice between different charge-free tools. And for supplies with a high share of Services calls for tenders are prohibited for 2017. Overall, this so-called "nappy have proven to be law," but as a Flop, it was called in the Ministry. The poor supply have changed nothing.

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to order, in the Meantime, had not "shown that the practical implementation of the law meets many of the objectives of the legislator", - stated in the Spahns Amendment, before the days of mirror. To is not "the hoped-for quality competition in the context of invitations to tender, it came." The health insurance companies would have to ensure "in the future, the aid supply of their Insured exclusively by means of framework contracts, with the possibility of Accession".

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