MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Thank you very much for the floor. – Mister President! Dear Colleagues! The Covid 19 pandemic has kept us busy for a while today. But in this case too, with the pharmacists, it showed us once again what we need to be concerned with a comprehensive pharmacy supply, that we are dependent on it and that we can above all rely on the pharmacists in times of crisis.
(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)
Vice President Wolfgang Kubicki:
Mrs Maag, a very small moment. That is not taking your speaking time.
I would like to ask the colleagues in the SPD parliamentary group – it may be that there is a need for advice – not to hold the consultation in the hall. That bothers the speaker and me too. Dear colleagues, It is simply a question of courtesy to listen to the speaker – at least to pretend – and to calm down. – Mrs Maag, you really have the floor now.
Karin Maag (CDU / CSU):
We can rely on pharmacists even in times of crisis. I remind you, for example, that they took over the production of the disinfectants, that they extended their opening hours when there was a need. We are aware – and I am also grateful to our pharmacies – that they maintain our supply of medicines with a lot of personal commitment, despite some imponderables of various origins in the delivery.
That is why they are an essential component of our healthcare. That is precisely the reason why we in the Union also share your outrage over the disadvantage that arose from a judgment of the European Court of Justice in October 2016.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
Now we don’t need to get upset about European law here. Of course the Union respects European law. But we in the Union still cannot accept that since then foreign mail-order pharmacies have been able to grant discounts on prescription drugs, while our domestic pharmacists are tied to fixed prices. This is another reason why we want to pass the Pharmacy Strengthening Act.
I am completely honest: I know that many – pharmacists as well as colleagues in politics – would have liked a mail order ban. But we have to limit ourselves to what is possible under European law. I would like to express my thanks to the Minister of Health and his staff for many discussions with the Commission, for reports on the principle of benefits in kind as a key element of our health care system and for constructive cooperation.
This is precisely why we are now anchoring the so-called equivalency, a uniform pharmacy selling price for legally insured patients within the framework of the benefit-in-kind principle in SGB V. In addition: Every violation is clearly sanctioned, with contractual penalties of up to 50,000 euros.
Theoretically, the bonus for prescriptions from the privately insured remains possible. However, the private health insurance companies only compensate their insured for the price actually paid. This means that an insured person would no longer have any monetary advantages from using the foreign mail order business. Incidentally, I am also grateful to the ABDA for admitting at the hearing that there was no more sustainable solution for involving the privately insured.
Dear colleagues, we are also strengthening the pharmacies with a permanent surcharge on the courier service of 2.50 euros. This surcharge is particularly important in order to ensure supply in regions with a lower density of pharmacies.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
We are also relieving the burden on our older fellow citizens. The messenger service takes care of the visits to the pharmacy and ensures that the necessary medicines are received on time and easily.
In addition, we reward other additional pharmaceutical services: medication analysis, therapy support, application training. All of this will be possible in the future.
Due to the excessive duration of the procedure, we have already regulated further improvements for pharmacists elsewhere, for example the ban on blemishes and referrals, the model projects for flu vaccination or the increase in surcharges for night and emergency services.
Appreciation for pharmacies as an industry and for the people involved on site was and is – before and after the crisis – a concern for us in the Union.
Thank you for listening.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)
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