WDH: Bavaria’s Minister of Health for malus regulation in the event of a violation of mandatory vaccination
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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 higher.”
According to the RND report, higher health insurance contributions for unvaccinated people, participation in treatment costs or the cancellation of sick pay would come into question, according to the chairman of the conference of health ministers. The latter two options are already regulated in the Social Security Code, namely for follow-up treatments due to complications in cosmetic surgery, tattoos or piercings. A similar regulation applies according to the law if the insured person has intentionally contracted the disease.
At the beginning of December, the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in Berlin had spoken out in favor of unvaccinated people sharing the costs of hospital services. The editorial network cites figures from the AOK, according to which the treatment of a corona patient who is ventilated with an Ecmo machine costs an average of 92,000 euros. It is around 34,200 euros for artificial ventilation without Ecmo and an average of around 5800 euros for corona patients who are not ventilated.
On December 10, the Bundestag decided that employees in clinics and nursing homes should be vaccinated. By March 15, all employees in these areas must provide evidence of a complete vaccination. In order to increase the vaccination rate, a general vaccination requirement is now also under discussion. The plan is for the Bundestag to vote on it without being forced to take part in a parliamentary group.
Holetschek called on the parties in the Bundestag to initiate mandatory vaccination in January. “We must start the general vaccination requirement as soon as the facility-related vaccination requirement takes effect,” he said. Many employees in clinics and nursing homes felt stigmatized by the new regulation. “With a general vaccination requirement, we ensure equal treatment and also prevent even more caregivers from leaving their jobs.” / Sd / DP / he
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