3 questions for… Dr. Carola Reimann, health policy spokeswoman for the SPD parliamentary group
The SPD brings citizens' insurance into the discussion, as in the last federal election campaign. Has anything changed on this topic? Reimann: The compulsory insurance for everyone has been implemented, so we are an important step further. Now we have to set the course for the financing of statutory health insurance. While the FDP wants to abolish it, the direction of the Union is not yet clear. The CSU has announced its own concept. Do you have the impression that the current financial and economic crisis will benefit you in promoting citizens' insurance? Reimann: At most, the need for security will increase. People are currently realizing how useful it is when life risks such as illness are well insured. Otherwise, the following applies to citizens' insurance: Everything that we discussed in the last election campaign is still an issue. It is important to the SPD that all types of income are included. We see no need for two separate insurance systems GKV and PKV, we continue to rely on tax-financed pillar. Will other health issues play role in the election campaign? Some doctors demand that questions of prioritization should finally be debated. Reimann: The topic as whole is too abstract for the citizens. One can only speak of this using concrete examples. I think health system funding will be an important issue. And the distribution of the doctor's fees.