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The health insurance contributions are increasing again. Now the largest health insurance company in Germany has announced that it will increase the additional contribution from next year.
Largest cash register increases additional contribution
Health experts had been predicting that health insurance contributions should increase for months. Now the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), the largest health insurer in Germany, has announced an increase in premiums for the coming year. TK boss Jens Baas told the Düsseldorf "Rheinische Post" (RP): "We will also have to increase our additional contribution because we remain financially financed and do not want to touch our reserves." The reason for this is the continuously rising health costs.
TK wants to stay below average
Just a few weeks ago, the TK reported in a press release: “At Techniker Krankenkasse, budget planning for 2016 is currently underway, which also includes the calculation of the individual additional contribution. We aim to remain below average. The Board of Directors will make the decision on December 11, 2015. ”Baas now explained in the RP:“ We are currently taking 0.8 percent. And we're working hard to stay below the new industry average. ”
The employer's share could be increased again
According to the Ministry of Health, the average additional contribution that employees have to pay alone will increase from 0.9 to 1.1 percent next year, and the average total contribution from 15.5 to 15.7 percent. The TK boss expects the legislator to also increase the employer's share, which is currently frozen at 7.3 percent. “It is not realistic that in the long run the workers alone will finance the cost increase. This discussion will pick up speed at the latest in 2017, the year of the federal election, ”said Baas. (ad)