DAK: Spahn's billion-euro package cannot keep the social guarantee

DAK boss Andreas Storm does not consider the plans of Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) to stabilize the contributions to health and long-term care insurance with a subsidy of 15,1 billion euros to be sufficient.


Of this, 12,5 billion euros alone are to flow into the health fund. This sum is not enough "to avoid premium increases in the statutory health insurance," said Storm the "Handelsblatt" (Wednesday edition).

"The difference to the financial hole of at least 17 billion euros is too big for that," he said. "It is imperative that improvements are made, otherwise the coalition will say goodbye to its goal of keeping the 40 percent mark for social contributions." Storm welcomed the planned federal subsidy of 2,6 billion euros for care. "Without counter-financing through tax revenue, there is a risk of a systemic crisis in long-term care insurance," he said.

“Because if you didn't make any changes, the personal contribution to be borne by the people in need of care would increase unreasonably. Many people in need of care would slip into social assistance. ”Spahn plans to reduce his own contribution through a subsidy.