Spahn wants to prevent premium increases with tax revenue

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) wants to prevent the feared increase in contributions in the statutory health insurance for the coming year with subsidies amounting to billions.


By changing the law, Spahn wants Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) to increase the federal subsidy for health insurance funds for 2022 by 12,5 billion euros to a total of 27 billion euros. The change is to be attached to another health law in the short term, reports the "Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland" (Wednesday editions).

Spahn also wants the federal government to reimburse the health fund for all test and vaccination costs this year so that the funds saved can also be used to cover the deficit in 2022. According to the explanatory memorandum for the law, this involves an amount of three billion euros. "Due to the economic crisis triggered by the pandemic due to the SARS-CoV2 coronavirus, the statutory health insurance will still be confronted with cyclical shortfalls in income in 2022," says the amendment. The additional federal grant is necessary in order to avoid a “considerable increase in ancillary wage costs” in 2022 and to stabilize social security contributions below 40 percent. The health insurance companies expect a hole of around 16 billion euros in the coming year. To cover the deficit, the contribution would have to be increased by one percentage point. That would be the biggest jump in contributions in years. This could be prevented with the change in the law planned by Spahn.

However, the Minister of Health had already failed in March when drawing up the cornerstones for the 2022 budget with similar plans due to Scholz's resistance. Despite the expected deficit, the finance minister was not ready to increase the federal grant.