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700 million euros paid out for care for the elderly

Nursing staff have achieved a lot in the Corona crisis. (Symbol image) Photo: picture alliance / dpa / Daniel Reinhardt

The 700 million euros promised for elderly care workers as a bonus for their services in the Corona crisis should have reached the recipients. The Ministry of Health announced on Friday.

Berlin – Around 700 million euros have now been paid out for the Corona bonus for employees in geriatric care. The Federal Ministry of Health announced this at the request of the German Press Agency. Around 680 million euros went to care facilities as employers, and another 20 million euros to service companies. The money paid out in mid-July should have reached the nursing staff by now, said a ministry spokesman. Employees should receive the bonus directly from their employers. According to the ministry, there will be a second payment date in December.

In total, around 80 percent of the care facilities had submitted an application for the financing of the Corona premium by June, according to figures from the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV). At the federal level, the bonus of up to 1,000 euros is financed from funds from the long-term care insurance, and in the outpatient area partly from the health insurance. The Bundestag decided on the premium in mid-May. The total costs were estimated at one billion euros, the federal government has already announced a subsidy for the funds.

Nursing premiums too

The federal states can also increase the corona bonus for employees to up to 1500 euros, which remain tax-free. According to the Federal Ministry of Health, all federal states are making use of this or have at least announced a regulation.

On Thursday it also became known that nursing staff should also receive a corona bonus of up to 1000 euros. The statutory health insurances (GKV) provide 100 million euros to pay one-off premiums for up to 100,000 clinic employees. It was previously criticized that nurses in clinics were excluded from the corona bonus.

The SPD health politician Karl Lauterbach described the solution now planned as “disappointing and petty,” as he told the “Augsburger Allgemeine” (Friday). He criticized that only some of the 440,000 nurses in German hospitals should receive the nursing bonus. “Compared to what we otherwise spend on crisis management, it would not have been expensive to give a signal of appreciation to the entire care.”

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