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ROUNDUP: Malus in the event of a vaccination violation? Criticism of Holetschek’s consideration

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MUNICH (dpa-AFX) – Bavaria’s Minister of Health Klaus Holetschek (CSU) has proposed not only to impose fines in the event of violations of the planned general corona vaccination obligation, but also to consider financial consequences for the health insurance company. “We should also check whether malus regulations in the area of ​​statutory health insurance would be possible and sensible,” said Holetschek to the editorial network in Germany (RND / Sonntag). “Because the risk for unvaccinated people of getting seriously ill with Corona is significantly increased,” said the chairman of the conference of health ministers. “The examination of whether this would be possible and sensible, if necessary, has to be carried out by the federal government in the context of implementing a general vaccination requirement.”

Criticism of these considerations came from the board of the German Foundation for Patient Protection, Eugen Brysch. “Holetschek shouldn’t play with fire. That releases centrifugal forces that we can no longer control,” said Brysch of the German press agency. The head of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV), Andreas Gassen, strictly rejected higher health insurance contributions for those who do not want to vaccinate and those who oppose the vaccination. “The solidarity statutory health insurance with over 100 years of history does not know any risk-adapted premiums,” said Gassen of the “Rheinische Post” (Monday).

Holetschek did not name any preferences. According to the RND report, higher health insurance contributions for unvaccinated people, participation in treatment costs or the cancellation of sickness benefits would be considered. The last two options are already regulated, namely for follow-up treatments after aesthetic operations, tattoos or piercings that are not medically indicated. Then “the health insurance company has to share the costs with the insured in an appropriate amount and to refuse or reclaim the sickness benefit in whole or in part for the duration of this treatment,” it says in the Social Security Code.

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