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Practice fee “simply a nuisance”: TK calls for abolition

Summary

The CEO of Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), Jens Baas, has now also joined the debate about the controversial practice fee. He demands the complete abolition of the tax. “Health insurance companies and health funds are currently in very good financial shape. […]

Practice fee

The CEO of Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), Jens Baas, has now also joined the debate about the controversial practice fee. He demands the complete abolition of the tax. “Health insurance companies and health funds are currently in very good financial shape. There is no reason to put the sick person in his pocket senselessly, ”he told the“ Bild am Sonntag ”. The fee is “simply a nuisance – for the sick and for doctors”.

In Baa’s opinion, the practice fee has missed its goal: It does not prevent unnecessary doctor visits and does not control patient flows, explained the TK boss. The fee of ten euros, which every patient has had to pay for the first doctor’s visit every quarter since 2004, brings in two billion euros annually. But the expert considers this income to be dispensable.

No more unnecessary bureaucracy

With the abolition of the fee, not only would the patient be relieved immediately, but also the doctors, because unnecessary bureaucracy would be eliminated. “And by the way: The pointless issuing of bank transfers would finally be over,” said Baas.

Meanwhile, the political discussion on the subject continues: The FDP wants to make the practice fee the subject of the next top meeting of the governing coalition. The Union has so far rejected the FDP’s wish to forego the levy. The SPD, the Greens and the Left have also been calling for the levy to end for a long time. However, an advance in the federal state health ministers’ conference failed at the end of June.

The majority of Germans reject the fee

According to a survey, the overwhelming majority of Germans are in favor of abolishing the practice fee. According to a representative Emnid survey for “Bild am Sonntag”, 77 percent of those questioned are in favor of canceling the tax. Only 20 percent want to keep the fee.

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