Status: 07/03/2022 01:26
It is no secret that the costs of fighting the corona pandemic would have a major impact. According to a media, the health sector weighs 53.2 billion euros. The federal government has so far paid 6.8 billion euros for the vaccines alone.
Since the start of the corona pandemic in spring 2020, the federal government has spent around 53.2 billion euros in the healthcare sector. This is reported by the Editorial Network Germany, citing the response of the Ministry of Health to a parliamentary question by CSU health politician Stephan Pilsinger (CSU).
6.8 billion euros for vaccines
For the first time, the federal government has quantified the total expenditure for the corona vaccines it has purchased, the report continues. As of June 2, these amounted to approximately 6.8 billion euros.
According to the Federal Social Security Office, a total of 46.4 billion euros was spent at the end of June for the reimbursement of vaccinations, vaccination centers, citizen and PCR tests, protective masks, allowances for hospitals and corona medications. Together with vaccines, this represents a total of 53.2 billion euros.
Health insurance companies fear a shortage of billions
The costs of the pandemic are also weighing on health insurance companies. The statutory health insurance funds GKV estimate that they will miss around 17 billion euros in 2023.
Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach recently announced that the additional contribution for statutory health insurance members will increase in the coming year – by 0.3 percentage points. The current average is 1.3%. The general contribution rate is 14.6%. It is shared equally between the employee and the employer.