Family allowances in the event of illness: Karl Lauterbach urges that children be reported sick by telephone

In the future, parents should also be able to request leave by telephone to care for their sick children. In a letter to the board of directors of the National Association of Compulsory Health Insurance Physicians and the umbrella association of statutory health insurance funds, Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach requests a corresponding amendment rules regarding sick days for children. Rhine post reported Thursday.

According to Lauterbach, this is primarily intended to alleviate the pressure on medical practices and reduce the risk of infection. Since last week, it has once again been possible for working people to take sick leave by telephone. “The transfer of the provisions of the Incapacity for Work Directive for the telephone determination of incapacity for work to the issuance of the medical certificate for the granting of child sickness benefit is another important contribution to the prevention of infections in the waiting rooms of medical offices,” Lauterbach’s letter said.

The SPD politician had already announced support for home care for sick children in October. THE Photo Sunday He said at the time that parents should no longer have to go to the doctor on the first day their child is ill to obtain a certificate to be eligible for child benefit in the event of illness. “It’s a senseless bureaucracy that puts a strain on mothers and fathers. We can trust parents.” According to the minister, a visit to the doctor should only be necessary from the fourth day of illness. The change should take effect “ideally during this cold winter season.”

During the coronavirus pandemic, children’s sick days have been increased to 30 working days per year per parent. For the years 2024 and 2025, the entitlement should only be 15 days per parent, or 30 days for single parents.

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