Sickness funds could lose DM400 million:
This article was originally published in Clinica
In Germany, the overall contribution rate of pensioners attached to statutory health insurance schemes is set to rise. The increase will compensate the funds for a potential loss of income caused by a reduction in contributions by pensioners who, during their working lives, opted to join private funds and have since returned to the statutory scheme. The move, which may cost the sickness funds up to DM400 million ($185 million), comes as a result of a court decision which ruled that pensioners who voluntarily returned to statutory funds were charged too much. The government has until March 2002 to change the law.
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