The Greens and FDP had previously criticized the RKI. According to a leaked paper, they also want to strengthen the participation of patients.
Berlin – The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has probably been a household name since the pandemic. According to a report, the traffic light parties now want to create a new health institute. It is supposed to take over important tasks of the RKI and also replace the Federal Center for Health Education.
The newspaper report of the Funke media group from Saturday refers to a final paper of the coalition working group health and care.
Criticism of RKI: Greens and FDP accuse the institute of being too close to the federal government
The SPD, Greens and FDP want to establish the public health sector, the networking of the public health service and the health communication of the federal government in the “Federal Institute for Public Health”. The RKI should take over the compilation of data from the health authorities and communication with the public.
The RKI – currently part of the Federal Ministry of Health – should “not be bound by instructions in its scientific work,” the report quotes from the final paper. In the past, the Greens and FDP accused the RKI of being too close to the federal government.
Traffic light parties want to strengthen patient rights and reduce VAT on drugs
In addition, the traffic light parties want to strengthen the voice of patients in the definition of the service catalog of the statutory health insurance companies. That emerges from your paper on health and care for the coalition agreement, reported the Daily mirror on Friday.
According to the report, they also want to strengthen the position of patients in terms of liability for medical errors. Accordingly, they promise a “hardship fund with capped claims”. So far, the representatives of health insurers, doctors and hospitals have determined the catalog of services. Patient representatives are allowed to advise and submit applications, but have no voting rights.
According to the plans, VAT on pharmaceuticals is to fall from 19 to seven percent, like the one Daily mirror further reported. This burdens the budget, but relieves the health insurance companies. In order to improve medical care in rural regions, it should be easier to set up community-run care centers. For general practitioners, fee budgets should disappear. (frs with material from AFP)
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