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German fund contribution rate rises make minister easy target

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Health minister Ulla Schmidt came under heavy fire from opposition politicians last week as she revealed that the statutory sickness funds deficit was now in the region of DM6 billion ($2.7 billion). As a consequence the sickness funds have seen it necessary to raise their contribution rates - something which opposition politicians say "makes a mockery" of Ms Schmidt's insistence on contribution rate stability. They have since demanded her resignation.

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