Private health insurance for everyone?

Private health insurance for everyone?

Chief of the technician health insurance calls for privatization of the health insurance.

The head of the Techniker Krankenkasse calls for privatization of the health insurance companies. In the course of the discussions about health insurance contributions and additional payments, the head of Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) Norbert Klusen found clear words: According to Klusen, "Politics" writes "Focus online", the health system would be "totally ruled" and should be reformed to the extent that it is statutory Health insurance companies would be privatized and thereby treated equally as health insurance and private patients.

In principle, the health insurance companies should be run like companies and the members should not be confused by constant health reforms. In addition to the criticism of the current cash register system, Klusen also found words of praise - according to "Focus online" - for the plan by the Federal Minister of Health Rösler (FDP) to reduce the cost of medicines. If this plan were actually implemented, it would be, according to the TK boss, "[...] the bravest and most sustainable reform that a health minister has ever made in the pharmaceutical sector".

However, the proposal from TK boss Klussen should not be confused with citizens' insurance. In principle, this would be compulsory health insurance, which, for example, insures employees and the self-employed alike according to the solidarity principle. A corresponding reform proposal is currently being developed by the German Trade Union Confederation. (sb, March 21, 2010)

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