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Social association "Volkssolidarität" calls for corrections to health reform instead of "hypocritical debate"

"It is gratifying when Federal Health Minister Philipp Rösler and other politicians recognize that the real consequences of the last health reform are anti-social," said the Federal Managing Director of the Social and Welfare Association, People's Solidarity, Dr. Bernd Netherland, on Friday. "But if the insights are not followed by corrections to the reform in order to eliminate the social imbalance, the debate appears hypocritical."

The announced additional contributions from health insurers and other anti-social burdens for the insured and patients are the result of political decisions, stressed the Netherlands. "At the latest with the health fund, it was clear that the reform course is anti-social and what problems it is causing in the health care system. Anyone who seems to be shocked at the foreseeable consequences is acting dishonest and hypocritical." Instead, the federal government must correct the reform course and eliminate the social imbalance, demanded the federal managing director.

"If it is now proposed to cut federal subsidies to the social security funds, the wrong course will only be continued and further problems are inevitable." The problems of the statutory health insurance (GKV) and the other social insurance funds are first of all income problems and are caused by ongoing mass unemployment, falling wages, low wages and mini-jobs, emphasized the federal manager. "The income situation of the health insurers can be stabilized above all by reducing unemployment. In addition, it is urgently necessary to reduce the unsolidified divide between statutory and private health insurance and, as a first step, to set up financial equalization between the two systems. In the longer term, uniform health insurance is necessary, in which all citizens participate and all types of income are taken into account. "

The people's solidarity calls for the health reform to be thoroughly examined and corrected. "What is needed is a reform that does not endanger the quality and solidarity of health care, but rather safeguards it," said the Netherlands. In order to ensure that healthcare costs are financed fairly, employers should not be released from responsibility for future healthcare costs or from equal financing. This includes reassigning the special contribution of 0.9 percent to be paid by the insured alone to the equal total contribution. The Netherlands also renewed the demand to finally lower the VAT rate for prescription drugs. That would relieve the health insurance companies and the insured. (pm, 01/29/2010)

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