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Barmer: Exploding costs for own shares in old people’s homes

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A caregiver walks down the hall with a resident in a nursing home. Photo: Bernd Weißbrod/dpa/Symbolbild

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According to Barmer’s estimates, the home residents’ own shares in nursing care will increase particularly sharply in Schleswig-Holstein. “We will experience increases in the equity in outpatient and inpatient care facilities of 30 percent and more,” said state manager Bernd Hillebrandt in a statement on Friday. “In extreme cases, the increase can be up to 100 percent.” The background is the provision that from September 1st the nursing staff must be paid according to the tariff.

According to Barmer’s estimates, the home residents’ own shares in nursing care will increase particularly sharply in Schleswig-Holstein. “We will experience increases in the equity in outpatient and inpatient care facilities of 30 percent and more,” said state manager Bernd Hillebrandt in a statement on Friday. “In extreme cases, the increase can be up to 100 percent.” The background is the provision that from September 1st the nursing staff must be paid according to the tariff.

According to Barmer, the effects will be felt particularly in Schleswig-Holstein, since comparatively few facilities are bound by collective bargaining agreements here – or have no reference to collective bargaining agreements. In facilities that have not yet paid their nursing staff according to tariffs, there will be horrendous increases in the personal contribution that the nursing staff will have to bear.

So far, in Schleswig-Holstein, the own shares in care have been below average compared to the federal comparison. However, despite the low collective bargaining density to date, there is the highest regional wage level in Germany. This is due to a low fluctuation in the collectively agreed care facilities. As a result, the staff is grouped into higher pay brackets based on years of service.

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