MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Madam President! Minister! Dear Colleagues! I want to start like this: Corona is pushing back dramatically into our everyday life. The number of infections has been rising again since the end of July, and new restrictions are necessary. However – and this is something that we can now put aside under the heading “Lessons learned” – we can fall back on what we have already learned from the time of crisis and therefore react faster, more precisely and in a more targeted manner. The budget in Section 15 also moves within this arc of tension.
Corona has given digitization a boost and generated a high level of acceptance among the population. For example, there are 25,000 medical practices that offer video consultation hours. 18 million people have downloaded the Corona warning app. We have a DIVI register that provides information on intensive care beds in Germany – a truly crisis-proof instrument. However, the crisis has also revealed that we have to stick with it and expand rapidly in the entire healthcare system, especially with digitalization.
Now I’m with the hospitals, which have been a topic here several times. With the Hospital Future Act, we have addressed modern documentation, high-tech medicine, robotics, cybersecurity and modern emergency structures. We are making 3 billion euros available to the countries. Further waiting, Ms. Hajduk, Mr. Klein, would be absurd. We have had this discussion since I was in the Bundestag, so for around eleven years; others lead them even longer. If we wait for countries to invest the money, then we are failing our patients and we are not.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)
By the way – we have also learned that – there should be a clear demarcation and attribution of the different levels of care in hospitals in the future. We need a tiered supply system and, based on this, a flat-rate system that can also take into account storage costs under the conditions mentioned.
(Harald Weinberg [DIE LINKE]: I want to see that!)
– We’ll deliver it.
The crisis has also shown how important data exchange is in research. Digitization and innovation are therefore rightly their own priorities in the BMG budget. They are represented in titles that allow the financing of measures for testing applications of large amounts of data. It is about the establishment and operation of data competence centers and model projects for telemedicine integrated care.
Dear colleagues, Leisure time activities and private parties have recently proven to be the main causes of regional infection hotspots. I name Bielefeld: After a single celebration, 950 people, mainly students and teachers, are in quarantine. This requires tracking the routes of infection and checking the quarantine. This causes high personnel and material costs.
With the pact for the ÖGD, which is backed with 4 billion euros until 2026, we are once again enabling the countries to create modern structures and adequately paid jobs in another of their own areas of responsibility, namely the health authorities. This, too, benefits our population immediately and primarily.
As every year, dear colleagues, the dominant element is of course the tax subsidy. In the coming year, our statutory health insurances will be burdened not only by a considerable shortfall in income due to the economic situation, but above all by additional expenses caused by the pandemic. In order to keep the average additional contribution for the insured as stable as possible – that is the reason – supportive measures are of course required. This is precisely why the federal grant is being increased by 5 billion euros.
That’s not enough. Another 8 billion euros will be available in 2021 after a cross-fund solidarity settlement. For this purpose, it is planned with the Health Care and Care Improvement Act to return the financial reserves of the individual health insurance companies that exceed 0.4 monthly expenses to the health fund proportionately, Mr Spangenberg. This means that they are available for the necessary patient care.
With the additional income of 13 billion euros, the average additional contribution can be stabilized at 1.3 percent. In doing so, we are keeping the social guarantee, i.e. our promise to our citizens that social security contributions will remain below 40 percent.
Dear colleagues, the Robert Koch Institute, the Paul Ehrlich Institute and the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices have provided us with expert guidance through the crisis. We will increase our staff in order to be able to dock not only but also other corona-related tasks there.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
For the first time, program funds amounting to 10 million euros have been set aside for projects and measures to improve the German healthcare system’s ability to respond to crises. At least as important, dear Mr Spangenberg, is international health management, which we need to improve. The virus doesn’t stop at the border; you know that.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU as well as from members of the SPD, the FDP and the BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)
The funds in the “International Health Care” chapter grow by 14 million euros, and we have financially increased measures for pandemic prevention at WHO and other international institutions. We’ll take care of paying for the vaccines when they’re available; The funds required for this are also included in Section 60.
I want to summarize: Corona does not mean standstill for us, Corona is an incentive for us. Therefore we look forward to further discussions.
Thank you very much.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)
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