Setting the wrong course due to health reform

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Social organization: wrong course set by the health care reform

"The health care reform is going in the wrong direction," criticized the President of the Social and Welfare Association for People's Solidarity, Prof. Gunnar Winkler, on Thursday in connection with the treatment of the GKV financing law introduced by the government coalition in the German Bundestag on November 12, 2010. "The Abolition of parity
Financing in the statutory health insurance (SHI) means that only those insured by law have to bear the future cost increases in the health sector. This means that an important pillar of the welfare state will be removed again. People's Solidarity rates the serious interference in the tried-and-tested system of pay-as-you-go statutory health insurance as one
significant deterioration for the overwhelming majority of those with statutory health insurance. "

Winkler continued: "With the fixing of employer contributions and the development of additional contributions to a lump sum, the injustices already existing in the financing of the statutory health insurance are drastically exacerbated. While low and normal earners, many families, pensioners and the unemployed are burdened significantly higher , insured persons with high incomes are largely spared. At the same time, the migration to private health insurance is facilitated. This reform cannot be called unfair and anti-social
planned social compensation nothing that will not compensate for many additional burdens. "

Winkler opposed the new law to increasingly introduce the principle of reimbursement in statutory health insurance. With the reimbursement of costs, the "advance payment" will find its way into medical practices. So far, one of the great advantages of statutory health insurance was that nobody had to be treated for cash. This principle of benefits in kind is now to be thrown overboard. This threatens the tendency that today's two-class medicine is increasingly being transformed into multi-class medicine, which is particularly disadvantageous for chronically ill people, people with disabilities and those on low incomes. "

National solidarity is committed to ensuring that the health system does not say goodbye to solidarity, the association president emphasized. "We need a return to full parity financing of the SHI and an expansion of their funding bases. It is important to us that everyone is able to achieve their individual economic performance
Financing of health costs contributes and everyone has the same right to need-based health care. "(Pm, 11.11.2010)

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