Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has promised hospitals billions in support in view of inflation and high energy costs. At first he didn’t give details.
A solution will be presented on Wednesday, the SPD politician announced on Tuesday evening on the ZDF program “Markus Lanz”. Lauterbach.
He assured, “No hospital will have a problem because it can’t pay for inflation, it can’t pay for electricity, or it can’t pay for gas.”
The hospitals would also be protected by the planned gas price brake and the electricity price brake, “but not only”. “So that we can ensure that the hospitals do not have liquidity problems due to inflation, electricity and gas prices.” He did not give any further details as to what the financial aid should look like in concrete terms.
The economic stabilization fund has been equipped with up to 200 billion euros – this debt-financed “defense shield” is intended to cushion the consequences of high energy prices for consumers and companies. The planned gas price brake is to be financed from this.
The German Hospital Society had repeatedly warned of the consequences of the dramatic rise in energy prices for the clinics and called for a rapid adjustment to inflation.
“We worked on it over the weekend and we have a solution,” Lauterbach said. There was good cooperation with Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) and Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens). “We have simply made up our minds: In this energy crisis, no hospital will have to suffer so much that there is a problem.”