According to a newspaper report, the financial gap in statutory health insurance is apparently greater than previously assumed. According to the newspaper “Bild”, citing calculations by the Institute for Health Economics (IfG), the GKV will be short of up to 25 billion euros in the coming year.

In the previous estimates of around 17 billion euros “the war in Ukraine and the consequences were not yet priced in,” IfG boss Günther Neubauer told the newspaper on Tuesday. If the financing deficits were compensated for by increasing contributions alone, this would result in contribution increases of up to EUR 537.02 net per year for top earners and EUR 455.16 for average earners.

According to “Bild”, the chairman of the board of DAK Gesundheit, Andreas Storm, warned of a “contribution tsunami” in view of the numbers and called on Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) to quickly present a law to stabilize the finances of the GKV. “Together with the Federal Minister of Finance, Lauterbach must now answer the question of whether and how he intends to prevent the looming premium tsunami from the 70 million insured.”