Health: Board of Directors warns of billions in deficit in care

The board of directors of the National Association of Health Insurance Funds (GKV), Gernot Kiefer, has denounced billions of holes in the statutory long-term care insurance.

Health: Board of Directors warns of billions in deficit in care

The board of directors of the National Association of Health Insurance Funds (GKV), Gernot Kiefer, has denounced billions of holes in the statutory long-term care insurance. At the end of the year, a deficit of 2.2 billion euros will accumulate, said Kiefer the editorial network Germany (RND). The liquidity reserve will drop to around EUR 5.7 billion, which is around EUR 1.2 billion below the legally required amount. An increase in the contribution rate by 0.3 percentage points by January 1, 2023 was therefore urgently needed.

The longer the political decisions were made, the greater the problems would be, judged the care expert. "You can't go on like this forever, then the long-term care insurance will hit the wall." The solution to the massive financial problems and the simultaneous implementation of the staggering of the contribution rate according to the number of children required by the Federal Constitutional Court by the end of July would mean "riding on the razor blade" for Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD). He expects that the implementation of the judgment will mean that childless people will have to pay "significantly more".

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