Huge influx of migrants is blamed for an expected ONE BILLION EURO shortfall in the German health service by 2017
- Germany’s health service is facing a massive deficit due to migrant costs
- It is unable to cope with treatment required for its ballooning population
- By 2017, the health service is expected to face a one billion euro shortfall
The German health service is facing a billion-euro deficit as it struggles to cope with the influx of more than a million asylum seekers who arrived last year.
Although the German government pays a lump sum to the country’s health insurance companies every time they treat an asylum seeker, this apparently does not even cover half the cost.
Currently the amount is £70 per person, but research over costs of treating asylum seekers in Hamburg has revealed it needs to be at least between £140 and £155.
Currently the government pays a lump sum of £70 for every asylum seeker treated. However, it is estimated the true cost lies closer to £155. Pictured are migrants arriving in Munich by train.
The deficit means that per refugee there is a deficit of around £78 a month, which is £935 per year.
For every 100,000 asylum seekers, this means a shortfall of £93million per year.
According to the latest figures, this year alone the total deficit is expected to be several hundred million euros and by next year and it will rise to over £779million as more become eligible for health service treatment.
If the country’s finance minister Wolfgang Schauble refuses to use taxpayer money to bail out the health service, it will mean the deficit needs to be paid by German workers through their health insurance contributions.
The government currently pays £10.9billion a year to the health service, and in 2017 it will be £11.2billion.
Asylum seekers which come into the country have to wait 15 months and then get the same rights to health service treatment as a German worker.
Because asylum seekers who usually do not speak German or have any skills are believed to be unlikely to work in Germany, they will also end up taking unemployment benefits known as Hartz IV.
That means that the money for their health insurance will also be paid by the government.