Insurance

“Bild”: Patients have to pay more and more

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People insured with statutory health insurance companies apparently have to pay more and more themselves in the pharmacy. The “Bild” newspaper reports that the average additional payment for a prescription drug had risen by ten cents or four percent to […]

People insured with statutory health insurance companies apparently have to pay more and more themselves in the pharmacy. The “Bild” newspaper reports that the average additional payment for a prescription drug had risen by ten cents or four percent to 2.60 euros at the end of October. In the past year, patients with statutory health insurance had to carry an average of EUR 2.50 per pack themselves. The paper relies on figures from the German Pharmacists’ Association (DAV).

According to the report, the average co-payment in 2009 was EUR 2.30. This means that the plus within three years is around 13 percent. The pharmacists’ association justified the increase, among other things, with the increasing number of drugs requiring co-payment. Overall, according to “Bild”, the insured will pay almost two billion euros themselves this year.

Social association: politics should intervene

The president of the social association SoVD, Adolf Bauer, criticized the increasing additional payments. “Patients are burdened on one side,” said Bauer the newspaper. He called on politicians to intervene so that the “idea of ​​equal financing” does not fall by the wayside.

There is a minimum amount of 5.00 euros and a maximum of 10.00 euros for the additional payment for medication. In addition, the additional payment is at most as much as the sales price. Because various aids and imitation products (generics) are also exempt from co-payment, the calculated average exposure of the patients is below the minimum amount.