The struck on Wednesday evening deficit forecast for 2020 and 2021 of the newly launched Austrian health fund (ÖGK) like a bomb. The figures come from an SPÖ request that the new Social Minister, the green Rudolf Anschoberanswered.
With the details now known, it becomes clear that the politically promised savings through the merger of the nine regional health insurance companies into the ÖGK (“patient billion”) will not come about until 2024. The minus is much larger than previously known. That shows the so-called financial management Preview the ÖGK.
According to this forecast, a loss of 175.3 million euros is expected for the first 12 months of the ÖGK this year, which should increase year by year. In 2023 it is said to amount to 507.9 million and in the following year 544 million euros. Cumulatively, this means a balance sheet loss in five years totaling 1.7 billion euros.
Loud Anschober these figures are offset by reserves in the ÖGK opening balance of 1.37 billion euros.
In view of these figures, ÖGK general director quits Bernhard Wurzer a “consolidation path“An attempt will now be made to” turn things around, “said Wurzer to APA,
However, the aim is not to cut the benefits for the insured, but to reduce future fee contracts for doctors and other service providers. You will have to “tighten your belt” on the expenditure side, said Wurzer,
In future fee contracts, the increase will not exceed the premium income.
By contrast, the SPÖ boss feared something completely different Pamela Rendi-Wagner, She says: “The smashing of social security by black and blue is a huge financial disaster and a health scandal at the expense of people.” She now fears that there will be impending premium increases, deductibles and reduced benefits for the patients.
This poses Wurzer in denial. The ÖGK boss does not want to save money in harmonizing the benefits for the insured.