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The German Federation of Trade Unions (DGB) calls on Federal Minister of Health Philipp Rösler for socially just care reform
The fourth federal care summit will take place tomorrow. On this occasion, the DGB once again requests the Federal Minister of Health Rösler to fund the growing need for care in solidarity. Annelie Buntenbach, DGB board member, said on Wednesday in Berlin:
"We are calling on the federal government to include dementia patients in long-term care insurance with the upcoming nursing care reform and to finance the inevitable increase in costs due to the ever-increasing need for care in solidarity. In particular, we demand that employers continue to pay equal contributions, that the solidarity-based financing base is broadened, and that the burdens are not relieved from the insured alone.
The recommendations for reforming the concept of long-term care have been available for years. There is a broad consensus that all physical, mental and psychological impairments should be taken into account. It is now time for the federal government to act. However, the implementation of this reform cannot be had for free. It would be a slap in the face of those in need of care and nursing staff if the federal government cut benefits elsewhere.
In view of the increasing need for care, a premium increase of up to 2.8 percent would be necessary in the short term. In order to finance the benefits as needed and at the same time keep the burden on contributors within narrow limits, we need solidarity-based reforms. Financial compensation from private long-term care insurance, the inclusion of capital income and an appropriate tax subsidy can reduce the increase in premiums by 0.45 contribution rate points and keep them below 2.5 percent by 2030. ”(pm)