Pharmaceutical expenditure may increase by almost two billion euros next year. This corresponds to an increase of 6.6 percent. The National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) and the Central Association of Statutory Health Insurance (GKV) have agreed on this, as the two organizations announced. The adjustments are part of the framework for pharmaceuticals for 2014.
The contracting parties have also agreed on retrospective changes to the expenditure volume for 2013. Instead of three percent, spending this year may increase by 3.6 percent. The reasons are adjustments to the pharmacy discount, discount that pharmacies have to give to the cash registers, as well as the introduction of an emergency service flat rate for pharmacies. It is 16 cents per dispensed pack of prescription medication. According to calculations by KBV and Kassen, this increases the cost of care for the insured by around one billion euros compared to 2012. In 2012, according to their own statements, the health insurers spent 28.1 billion euros on medicines.
For 2014, KBV and GKV-Spitzenverband further increasing prices. In addition to the emergency service flat rate, this is mainly due to the expiring price moratorium for the pharmaceutical industry and the lowering of the manufacturer's discount for patented drugs. The last two points alone caused additional costs of good billion euros. HK