German health system makes €3.9bn surplus in first three quarters of 2011BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d8047 (Published 09 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8047
- Ned Stafford
German’s public health insurance system, made up of independent insurers regulated by the government and covering nearly 90% of the population, has recorded a surplus of €3.9bn (£3.3bn; $5.2bn) in the first nine months of 2011, says the German health ministry. The surplus in the same period in 2010 was €277m.
In a statement issued on 6 December on public health insurance “financial developments,” the ministry said that insurers spent €133.8bn in the first nine months of 2011 and collected €137.7bn in premiums. Mandatory monthly premiums for workers now stand at 15.5% of gross wages, often referred to as a payroll tax in Germany, with the cost split between employees and …