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Source: CDU CSU

Dear Madam President! Dear Colleagues! We are discussing section 15 today. If you look at the discussions about the budget of the Federal Ministry of Health in the past few years, you can see that it was essentially about a few research projects and prevention projects. And the only exciting question was: How high is the tax subsidy for statutory health insurance?

This year everything is different. The topic of “Corona pandemic and its consequences” moves the public, it moves the people who are responsible for supply in the system. That is why I would like to express my thanks that Edgar Franke expressed to everyone who works in the health system. But I would also like to expressly thank the Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn. Not only does he look good, he works hard, day after day, night after night. Therefore, dear Mr. Spahn, thank you very much for the great work. Please pass on the thanks to your employees.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)

The subject of the corona pandemic naturally also has an impact on household consultations. I would like to thank the budget policymakers very much for making EUR 35 billion available to us next year. This includes the usual subsidy for the health fund of 22.5 billion euros. Most importantly, it’s not just money to deal with the pandemic; we are also putting money into our hands to make hospitals fit for the future.

Of course, the money for fighting the pandemic is very important. It has already been mentioned: 2.6 billion euros for the procurement of a vaccine. What a success story is behind it! In a year a vaccine was developed. And which country was in the lead? The Federal Republic of Germany with two great companies, BioNTech and CureVac, who have been researching this technology for years. It is wrong, Mrs Malsack-Winkemann, if you say that changes are being made to the human genome somewhere.

(Dr. Birgit Malsack-Winkemann [AfD]: I didn’t say that!)

These changes take place exclusively outside of the human being. In this respect, you simply spread fake news.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the FDP as well as from members of the SPD)

We are spending 2.6 billion euros on FFP2 protective masks. Dear Mr Klein, you said earlier that Minister Jens Spahn would take up a proposal made by the FDP in November 2020. You are not a health politician. If you were a health politician, you would know this proposal has been on the table since April last year. That is a proposal from the Union Group.

(Otto Fricke [FDP]: On which table?)

– On the ministry table. Point. There is a difference, dear Mr. Fricke, whether you can demand something or whether you have to take responsibility for something and organize something. The minister does nothing else. Since the end of the summer vacation he has been in talks with pharmacists and wholesalers so that we can ensure that too.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Vice President Claudia Roth:

Colleague, please allow me a question or comment –

Michael Hennrich (CDU / CSU):


Vice President Claudia Roth:

– don’t you want to know from whom? – by Dr. Malsack-Winkemann?

Michael Hennrich (CDU / CSU):

No, not from her. I’m sorry.

(Laughter from the CDU / CSU, the SPD, the FDP, the LEFT and the ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS)

Thank you very much for making this possible! Since we are on the subject of masks, I would also like to express my sincere thanks to all those who are committed. We are now celebrating BioNTech and CureVac. But it must also be said that there are many companies and organizations that are getting involved and repositioning themselves. When I look around my constituency: there is a company that takes care of mask production. There are companies that take care of ventilation technology. Rescue organizations in my constituency organized a corona drive-in for the first time in Germany. People can get tested there while sitting in the car. That shows how innovative our country is. Many thanks to all of you!

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

Vice President Claudia Roth:

Now someone wants to ask you again or give you a comment, and that is your colleague Klein.

Michael Hennrich (CDU / CSU):


Vice President Claudia Roth:

Mr. Klein.

Karsten Klein (FDP):

Mr Hennrich, thank you very much for allowing the interim question. – First of all, I want to draw your attention to the fact that you are talking about two different things. One is the procurement of the masks. Mr Rief and I, the Committee on Budgets gave us a very good overview of how many were procured. We know that this has been going on since April, not last year, but this year; The former would be a bit too much of a good thing. But we’re talking about masks being given to the risk groups. The Free Democrats submitted a corresponding motion to the Budget Committee on November 5 this year. I just want to ask you whether you are aware that your group has rejected this request?

Vice President Claudia Roth:

Mr. Hennrich.

Michael Hennrich (CDU / CSU):

As health politicians, we submitted this application in April, forwarded it to the ministry and discussed it with our colleagues from the health committee. It was indeed a difficult subject to delineate properly and properly. But in the end it is the result that counts: it comes. It is not a success of the FDP, but a success of this coalition government. Point.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

Then I would like to address a point that is also very important. The corona crisis makes it very clear how important a well-equipped health system is for us. Dear Ms. Hajduk, you speak of chronic underfunding and a structural deficit in the health system.

(Anja Hajduk [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Do you want to deny that?)

I just want to make a few facts clear. We have 30 billion euros as reserves in the system. Indeed, these reserves are currently melting away. But that is quite common in a crisis.

(Anja Hajduk [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: It’s not caused by the crisis! As a health politician you should know that! Then you have to come to the budget committee!)

We should not make the mistake of discussing austerity policies or massive changes in the system from the start. It is important to us to strengthen those who are involved in the system. This is basically how we have to do politics for the next few months and years. I believe it is the goal of all of us to get the economy going again.

I remember the years 2009 to 2011, the time of the financial and economic crisis. At the beginning everyone spoke of a huge deficit of 10 billion to 11 billion euros. But two years later, instead of a deficit, we had the same amount of reserves. That is why it is important and right that we strengthen the economy and put this topic on the agenda for the next few years. If that works, then the premium income flows. Then I am also sure that we can continue to have a good and sensible health policy.

Thank you for your attention.

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


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