Hamburg - One year after the start of the Hamburg model, 1,365 civil servants or pension recipients have so far used their freedom of choice and opted for subsidy for statutory health insurance (GKV) and against private health insurance. The Ministry of Health announced this.
"Those who cannot afford private health insurance contributions will benefit from the introduction of the flat-rate subsidy," said Health Senator Cornelia Prüfer-Storcks (SPD). Civil servants with many children, low earnings or previous illnesses would noticeably relieve the financial burden.
Despite the demand, they are According to the ministry, costs are lower than initially estimated. These amount to almost 3.7 million euros for the year instead of the originally estimated 5.8 million.
New civil servants and those who are legally insured have been able to receive subsidy from the employer to the GKV in Receive form of flat-rate allowance. So far, civil servants could only take out private insurance in combination with the allowance. They had to finance all GKV contributions themselves.
With Berlin, Bremen, Brandenburg and Thuringia, four federal states followed the Hamburg example within one year, which now also offer the possibility of flat-rate subsidies for statutory health insurance. p >
“I am pleased that the Hamburg model has signal effect far beyond our national borders. In more and more federal states, civil servants can finally choose health insurance that fits their individual life plans, for example with many children or part-time work, ”said Prüfer-Storcks.