High financial burden
The Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KV) calls for the unvaccinated to share the costs of hospital services, a general compulsory vaccination and a nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated people.
Berlin, Germany). In the last few weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of infections in Germany has risen sharply again. The high costs of hospital treatment are partly covered by the federal government, but still place a heavy burden on the finances of the health insurance companies. The treatment of people in intensive care units, most of whom have not been vaccinated, is particularly expensive.
the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KV) Berlin has therefore today called for the unvaccinated to share the costs of hospital services. In addition, the KV requires a general compulsory vaccination and a nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated people. “Otherwise, the high proportion of people who have not yet been vaccinated will lead us into a catastrophe and overload our health system to a degree that we have never seen before. With a compulsory vaccination alone we won’t get any further here, ”explains the KV board of directors.
Compulsory vaccination to protect children
“Because 13 million people in our country do not want to be vaccinated, children, adolescents, young people in training, but also older and vulnerable people suffer most. It can not go on like this. The time has come for mandatory vaccination. However, this should not only be on paper, but should have tangible consequences if it is disregarded, ”says the KV’s publication.
Surcharge on the health insurance contribution
According to the KV, it is conceivable either a direct personal contribution for possible treatments or a flat-rate surcharge on the health insurance contribution for unvaccinated people. According to the KV “the income could benefit the nursing staff in the inpatient area and the medical assistants in outpatient care”.
Subsidy for 2020 doubled by the federal government
In the meantime, the federal government has also reacted to the tense financial situation at many health insurance companies and doubled the billions in subsidies for statutory health insurance (GKV). The GKV will receive a grant of 14 billion euros in 2022. Together with the previously paid out grant of 14.5 billion euros, the federal government is paying the health fund a total of 28.5 billion euros. This is to prevent the additional health insurance contributions from rising again.