Berlin - Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) has brought further increase in the care contribution for childless people into play in the long term. He thinks it is important to discuss "an appropriate participation of childless people" in long-term care insurance, Spahn told Tagesspiegel. Parents would raise future contributors and thus secure the system for the future.
The contribution rate in long-term care insurance for childless people is already 0.25 percentage points higher than that for insured persons with children. The minister emphasized that this basic principle was correct. At the turn of the year, the rate is to increase by 0.5 points for all insured persons. It is then 3.30 percent for childless people and 3.05 percent for people with children.
A spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Health pointed out that this increase would secure funding in the medium term. "So it is not about immediately increasing the contribution of childless people to long-term care insurance," said the spokesman. It is matter of fundamentally discussing the long-term stabilization of long-term care insurance.
In this context, Spahn spoke out in favor of increasing the allocations for the long-term care provision fund. "There would be more to ensure that there is still enough money after 2030 when the large number of baby boomers need care," he said. 1.4 billion would be set aside every year. Despite the slack interest rates, the fund achieved an average annual return of 1.4 percent.
The long-term care provision fund, in which 0.1 percentage points of the long-term care insurance contributions are invested, should be available as reserve for the time when the baby boomers enter the long-term care age Come.
The Minister of Health thinks little of tax subsidies for long-term care such as health and pension insurance. The grants are used for non-insurance benefits. "I don't see the problem in long-term care insurance to that extent," said Spahn. Nonetheless, “a fundamental debate about what care provision should do and how high the personal contribution should be” is needed. The service expenditures have grown in less than ten years from 20 to 35 billion euros. Nevertheless, many citizens have the impression that they are getting less and less.