Opposition plans 'flat-rate' health insurance reform to save creaking system

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15 November 2004, BERLIN - Germany's opposition Christian Democratic alliance Monday ended months of wrangles with a blueprint for reforming the country's creaking public healthcare system by imposing a flat-rate premium on everybody insured. Under the proposal, each individual would pay EUR 109 per month for health insurance, with employers paying a further EUR 60. Under the current German system employers generally pay half the widely varying monthly health insurance premium charged by Germany's public "

15 November 2004

BERLIN - Germany's opposition Christian Democratic alliance Monday ended months of wrangles with a blueprint for reforming the country's creaking public healthcare system by imposing a flat-rate premium on everybody insured.

Under the proposal, each individual would pay EUR 109 per month for health insurance, with employers paying a further EUR 60.

Under the current German system employers generally pay half the widely varying monthly health insurance premium charged by Germany's public "sickness funds" under which most people are insured.

Observers say the healthcare compromise hammered out between Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Angela Merkel and Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) chief Edmund Stoiber is unlikely to ever be implemented in its present form - even if the CDU/CSU defeat Chancellor Gehard Schroeder in Germany's 2006 general election.

DPA

Subject: German news

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