Report: Planned health insurance reform is on the brink

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Hospital, about dts

The health insurance reform planned by Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) is apparently on the brink. The coalition partner SPD rejected parts of the concept and had secured prominent support with the Duisburg medical economist Jürgen Wasem, reports the news magazine Focus. Wasem is therefore to take part in a hearing in the Bundestag next Wednesday at the invitation of the SPD parliamentary group and to put forward arguments against Spahn's plans.

This emerges from the list of participants published by the Health Committee, about which the Focus reports. Wasem was Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Ministry of Health for nine years. However, Spahn released him a few months after taking office in August 2018. With his reform, Spahn is targeting, among other things, the powerful General Local Health Insurance Funds (AOK). You have benefited greatly from the current financing model in recent years. In 2018, they received a total of 1,5 billion euros more from the fund than they had expenditure (surplus), while other health insurers received too little money, cited the Focus, citing an evaluation by the BKK umbrella organization. According to the news magazine, the SPD wants to stick to this model. (dts news agency)