Health: Hospitals demand relief before federal-state meetings

The hospitals fear being forgotten in the relief package from the federal and state governments.

Health: Hospitals demand relief before federal-state meetings

The hospitals fear being forgotten in the relief package from the federal and state governments. "We have the impression that the federal government believes that it can lump hospitals and other companies with its 200 billion aid package," said the CEO of the German Hospital Society (DKG), Gerald Gass, the "Spiegel". Unlike other companies, however, clinics cannot offset part of their cost increases by raising prices. "We can't temporarily shut down our operations or lower temperatures to save costs." He called for concrete commitments from the federal and state governments.

The federal government had announced a rescue package of up to 200 billion euros to protect consumers and companies from high energy prices due to the Ukraine war. Gas and electricity prices should be capped. There should be liquidity and equity support for companies that do not benefit sufficiently from the electricity and gas price caps. Details are still open. The aid is to be financed through loans. On Tuesday, the heads of government of the federal states will discuss aid with Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD).

"Mirror" report

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