Insurers argue over cost of swine flu shots
DDP/The Local · 28 Jul 2009, 09:13
Published: 28 Jul 2009 09:13 GMT+02:00
“Fundamentally the handling of a pandemic is the concern of the public health services, a spokesperson for health insurance alliance VDEK told the paper, warning that otherwise costs would be transferred to their customers.
The cost, estimated at some €600 million, is an “amount that was not factored in and that can’t be compared to petty cash," head of AOK Plus health insurer Rolf Steinbronn, adding that such a sum can ruin an insurer.
Resistance from insurers comes after a spokesperson for the Federal Ministry of Health recently said insurers would take on the immunisation fees.
In mid-July, the Health Ministry announced that the first A/H1NI virus vaccinations – enough for 30 percent of the population - would be delivered in September. So far there have been more than 700 cases of the virus in the country.