30.06.2022, Bayern, München: Ein ehrenamtliche Helfer der Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe hält in einem Testzentrum einen positiven Corona-Schnelltest in der Hand. Mehr als ein Jahr lang konnte sich jeder regelmäßig kostenlos auf Corona testen lassen. Die sogenannten «Bürgertests» werden nun deutlich eingeschränkt. Foto: Sven Hoppe/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

The panel doctors are going on the barricades because of the new regulations for corona citizen tests. In a letter to Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD), the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians and the state associations announced on Thursday that they “will no longer be able to bill and pay out for citizen tests in the future.” The editorial network Germany (RND) first reported on the letter. It is available from the German Press Agency.

Since Thursday, free tests have only been available for risk groups and other exceptional cases. For tests, for example for family celebrations, concerts or meetings with people over 60, an additional payment of three euros is due. Anyone who wants such a test must sign that it is done for this purpose.

The Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians criticized the fact that they only had 4 hours and 15 minutes to comment on the new regulations before the new test regulation was published. There were no reactions from the ministry.