Techniker Krankenkasse pays its members up to 160 euros
Due to massive surpluses, Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) will continue to pay its members a dividend in 2014. According to the decision of the board of directors of the health insurance company, the TK insured persons can look forward to a premium of 80 euros if they are a member of the Techniker Krankenkasse on January 1st, 2014 or December 1st, 2014.
Overall, health insurance plans to pay out more than half a billion euros to its members, according to the TK press release. Anyone who on one of the key dates "is a TK member and pays contributions will receive a one-off payment of 80 euros." According to the information provided by the health insurance company, the "first payment of the 2014 dividend will be made in the first quarter." Overall, this results "for customers who also TK members were already this year, with their check for 2013 up to 160 euros in dividends, reports the Techniker Krankenkasse. However, the Federal Insurance Office as the supervisory authority still has to approve the decision of the Board of Directors.
In view of the massive surpluses that some statutory health insurance funds have accumulated in recent years, the question justifiably arose how the insured can also participate in this gratifying financial development. Here the Techniker Krankenkasse and some other health insurance companies decided to pay dividends in 2013, while other health insurance companies took the opportunity to expand their range of services. Since then, for example, the costs of homeopathic remedies or treatments for osteopathy have been covered by many statutory health insurance companies.
The reports about bonus distributions and the expansion of the range of services make it clear that the current situation of the statutory health insurance companies can be rated as quite comfortable. A few years ago, the insolvencies of individual health insurance companies (e.g. City-BKK) had gone through the media and had triggered speculation about a widespread health insurance fund extinction, today the statutory health insurance companies can score with much more encouraging messages. (fp)