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Insurers face crackdown for rejecting people

The Local · 20 May 2011, 08:56

Published: 20 May 2011 08:56 GMT+02:00

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The government’s patients’ rights representative, Wolfgang Zöller said he would “consult immediately with the coalition and the Health Ministry on tougher laws” if he was still receiving complaints on Monday.

He told the daily Der Tagesspiegel he had received complaints that that insurance companies were making it difficult for customers of now defunct City BKK to sign up for coverage.

New Health Minister Daniel Bahr expressed similar sentiments, saying he expected health insurance companies to accept former City BKK members.

About 168,000 members of City BKK have been searching for new health insurance after the company announced early this month that it would close down at the start of July.

Although under German law other statutory insurers have to offer comparable insurance coverage, they are loath to accept City BKK patients, prompting outrage from politicians and the public.

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City BKK members are on average to be older and sicklier than other patients, meaning they are more expensive for insurers.

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11:08 May 20, 2011 by pepsionice
Yep, makes you wonder how they went bankrupt. My guess is that they will accept these folks because they have to.....then toss a one percent increase on all premiums for everyone. The system is demonstrating its fragile nature.
18:57 May 20, 2011 by wood artist
German health care may not be perfect, but in the US these folks would just be tossed under the bus. "Not my problem" is the prevailing attitude, until...well, until you become one of the uninsured.

02:29 May 21, 2011 by amaticc
In US humanity means that strong will survive and weak will die.

I hope that the same model of humanity will not come in Europe...
06:38 May 21, 2011 by MfromUSA
In the USA the ONLY thing that matters at all any more is $$$$$$/profit and power. Our nation has become a country of GREEDY CAPITALIST PIGS who care nothing for their fellow citizens. The corporations have been given ever increasing room to avoid any and all obligations re. fair wages and benefits for the employee. USA corporations just had their most profitable quarter EVER, and the greedy SOB's fight tooth and nail to avoid paying any taxes, giving any benefits, or pensions. It is truly dog-eat-dog in this country since the USA elected Ronald Regan and he fostered only business agendas. Prior to his presidency America was a fairly decent place to live. Since his presidency, any and all Americans who wish to become wealthy by "stealing" from the employees who make the company great, have been able to accumulate massive amounts of money, while 80% of the country tries to survive on less and less.

I hope that the German govt. hits these insurance companies between the eyes. I would like to know what % of insurance premiums are used for patient medical care vs. salary and expenses for execs.

In America one of the highest paid execs. (hundreds of millions salary annually) is the CEO of United health Care. He gets stinking wealthy while patients die due to being denied expensive care.......expensive care is usually called "experimental" and then insurance won't pay.

If Germany can avoid becoming like America you will maintain a better standard of life. however, as I read more about Germany it is beginning to look as though your business people are becoming more psychpathic like American business people.
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