“Massive increase in hospital expenses”: Barmer considerably increases policyholder contributions

People legally insured with the Barmer health insurance fund should expect a significantly higher contribution rate next year: The contribution rate will increase to 16.79 percent from January of the new yearBarmer announced Wednesday evening in Berlin.

The reason given was that the financial pressure on statutory health insurance would increase in the coming year due to the sharp increase in expenses. In this context, the board of directors decided on the fund’s budget for the coming year.

The Barmer contribution rate is currently 16.1 percent. This includes the additional contribution of 1.5 percent currently, which will rise to 2.19 percent in the future. In addition to the general contribution rate stipulated by law, statutory health insurance funds may charge an additional contribution. The amount is determined by each fund itself.

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To justify the higher contribution, a spokesperson for Barmer told the AFP news agency in the evening that the costs were higher. notably “a massive increase in hospital spending”.

He stated: “This year we are spending 1.1 billion euros more on hospital care alone than in 2022.” The cause is partly still the catch-up effects of Corona, but also the generally higher number of cases and the higher costs in the area of ​​hospital care.

Given the development “The need for in-depth hospital reform is becoming even more evident. » Barmer’s spokesperson added. “It is especially the Länder which must move up a gear. Hospital care must finally become better quality and more economical. (AFP)

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