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Prices for services are rising: health insurance companies fear cost increases in the billions


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Berlin (dpa) - The AOK-Bundesverband complains that the statutory health insurance in the coming years additional costs in tens of billions. "The prices are rising, but the benefits for the insured do not improve so far," said union leader Martin Litsch the "Rheinische Post" (Monday).

As examples of cost drivers, he named the service points for appointments with the specialist and the most recent legislation for pharmacists.

"With the appointment service points, which cost several billion euro of additional contribution funds between 2019 and 2022, I can recognize so far no real benefit for the insured ones," explained Litsch. Above all, they created a lot of bureaucracy. "In the hope that the doctors give up their opposition to the regulations, they receive additional fees of 600 million euros per year as a tranquilizer pill."

The same mechanism can be seen in the pharmacists. "They also receive additional compensation to tolerate mail order."

Lyche called for a more prudent spending policy in the health sector. "The additional costs for the health insurance companies amount from 2019 to 2022 to around 29 billion euros." The highest sums were spent on additional nursing staff and appointment services. However, the current balance sheet numbers showed that the lush times are over. "I can only warn against further expensive laws."

Source: zeit

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