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Health insurance policy has developed into a quite significant issue especially for the small parties (Greens and FDP). Greens want to integrate health insurance into a public "citizen insurance" which is supposed to cover everyone, with the same benefits for everyone but different monthly contributions according to income. FDP wants to get rid of public insurance as a whole and organise the whole system privately according to market mechanisms, with only a few ameliorations for the least well-offs.
Some conservative politicians from the CDU's neo-liberal/market economy wing (Kirchhof-disciples like Friedrich Merz) are also coqueting with a "flat insurance" with a standard monthly contribution regardless of income. But since Merkel's Kirchhof-crash, luckily, every politician who is only half-way sane keeps away from this project.
This is only a very schematic overwiew about the general health care/health insurance situation. It would certainly be an issue or a longer diary which I would want to write - but, due to time problems, not before next week, sorry.
Private medicine is better for ordinary care (family medicine and ambulatory treatment) but private clinics and hospitals are not as good as public ones, the reason being that private clinics cuts corners for profit and public hospitals are more often associated with Universities.
Opponents of socialized medicine in the US (well, in the US advocates call it "single-payer system" because they need to avoid the word "social", but I digress) often point out that Canada has fewer MRI machines per capita than the US as if that single statistic captured all you need to know about health care.
A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
But, here is what I don't understand, is this monthly contribution for a public health care, too?
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
But this whole Kopfpauschalen-model is not only about contributions. It also means changing health insurance from an allocation-financed system into a capital-covered system. But this seems to be too far-leading at the moment.
By the way: 88 % of all Germans are publicly health-insured.
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