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Source: CDU CSU

Dear Mr President! Dear colleagues! The crisis shows us every day how important a well-established health system is for a country – both in terms of funding and in terms of care. We can count ourselves lucky that we live in such a country with such a health system.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

The law on the improvement of health care and long-term care takes precisely these two points into account: the stability of the health system in the financial area in view of the horrendous expenditure that has to be made in view of the pandemic, and the further development of care.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to focus on one point that has not yet been in the foreground of the debate or has been relativized to a certain extent, which I do not want to allow to apply: the selective contracts. I am convinced that the clear opening and further scope for designing the selective contracts will create new forms of care, which are especially at this time – completely independent of the pandemic – in which structures are changing dynamically due to digitization and outpatientization – away from the Treatment in the hospital, into the outpatient area – is urgently needed. It is about regional care innovations, it is about care networks, it is about integrated care centers, including the non-medical professions. So far, there has been no legal basis for legally secure implementation.

This law creates this legal basis. It enables the health insurance companies and the service providers to conclude contracts in order to implement precisely these new forms of care on site and thus create acceptance among local citizens, if there is possibly a shift from inpatient to outpatient areas and possibly also hospitals getting closed. For this we urgently need these supply contracts.

There is also a second point where selective contracts play a special role. It’s about the results of the innovation fund. Here, too, new, permanently good forms of care are being developed. However, if these are not to disappear in the drawers, but are actually to be used in everyday care, then we need the selective contracts for this. This is also made possible by this law.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

Further improvements were addressed. I am telling you that we are taking a significant step forward, especially as far as the children’s clinics and children’s departments are concerned. It was always a legitimate concern of the children’s departments that they would have to be closed for reasons of economy. Children’s clinics and children’s wards are few and far between in our country. If they are not covered by security surcharges – and so far this was only the case when the whole house was considered – then these same children’s clinics / children’s wards were in question. By creating security surcharges for each department, we are securing this area; that is also a very important part of this law.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU and from Dr. Edgar Franke [SPD])

In conclusion, ladies and gentlemen, I mentioned financial stabilization. Mrs. Bas, I like to hear,

Vice President Wolfgang Kubicki:

Please come to the end, my colleague.

Lothar Riebsamen (CDU / CSU):

– that we talk to the finance minister again; you have us by your side. If there are tax revenues in excess of the 5 billion euros, it should be fine with us in order to spare the contributors. But of course also belongs to the truth,

Vice President Wolfgang Kubicki:

Please come to the end, my colleague.

Lothar Riebsamen (CDU / CSU):

– that every euro that we additionally receive from tax revenues is financed by credit; therefore there will of course be limits at this point.

I look forward to further advice on this law and hopefully some more funds from the tax pot.

Thank you very much.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)


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