Germany's Krankenkassen face huge deficit for 1995:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Germany's statutory Krankenkassen may have recorded an even bigger deficit in 1995 than feared. In December Health Minister Horst Seehofer said he expected to see a deficit of DM 10,000 million ($6,670 million) for the year (see Clinica No 685, p 4). However, Dr Eckart Fiedler, chairman of the Barmer Ersatzkasse, believes the figure could be closer to DM 12,500 million, reports the Suddeutsche Zeitung. Spending by the Kassen rose 4.8% in west Germany and 11.5% in the east.