MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Mister President! Ladies and gentlemen! With this draft law, we will continue to improve care for the insured in a number of areas. One area that has been at the top of the agenda for some time is the area of care. Because it is perfectly clear – we all know it – we have enormous challenges in the area of nursing, and we are addressing these challenges. The measures that we have already taken also always have the same goal: more staff, better working conditions in nursing.
Today we are taking another important step towards this goal, namely: 20,000 additional jobs for nursing assistants in geriatric care will be fully financed through a remuneration supplement. This means that we will create 20,000 additional jobs that will be financed separately without burdening those in need of care financially. Ladies and gentlemen, this is another important step and a first step towards a binding staffing procedure for inpatient care facilities.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)
Ladies and gentlemen, the corona pandemic challenges us all in very different ways, and it is also clear: The corona situation means an enormous financial burden for statutory health insurance, hardly comparable to past crises. We also expect revenues to decline in 2021. At the same time we have additional expenses due to Corona.
Now it is a matter of taking various measures to ensure the financial stability of the statutory health insurance and to keep the additional contribution as stable as possible:
We will therefore – first of all – plan a supplementary federal grant of 5 billion euros in 2021.
Secondly. From the financial reserves of the health insurance funds that exceed 0.4 monthly expenditure, we will transfer 8 billion euros to the health fund.
Third. The obligation of the funds to gradually reduce excess financial reserves will be extended to funds with financial reserves of more than 0.8 monthly expenditures.
Ladies and gentlemen, with this law we will improve care in an area that is fundamental, namely obstetrics and midwifery care. Why is this a key concern for us? This is a key concern for us because expectant mothers need our support. This is a key concern for us because we want better care for pregnant women during childbirth. And that is a core concern for us, because we want to improve the working conditions of midwives in obstetrics over the long term.
What do we plan specifically? A funding program for three years.
First. For every 500 births per year in a clinic, these clinics receive half an additional midwife position with extra funding. That leads to 600 additional full-time positions for midwives; That’s quite a lot.
Secondly. We plan to finance additional assistant staff. Why? Because the midwives tell us time and again from their practice that they have high workloads, sometimes and in places also overload situations. This is related to non-specialist activities. That is why we finance assistant staff. This leads to 700 additional jobs that are funded separately. That relieves the midwives. This means that midwives can concentrate more on their actual core tasks than before. It supports the midwives. It supports the expectant mothers. The program costs around 200 million euros. But I say: every euro invested in this area is sensibly invested.
I look forward to the deliberations.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)
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