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AOK and DKV are to end their cooperation agreement for providing supplementary tariffs, which has been in place since 2004.

Through the agreement, insured persons of the AOK Bremen/Bremerhaven, Northeast, Rhineland-Palatinate/Saarland and Northwest divisions could receive supplementary insurance for dental care, vision aids, alternative medicine, head physician treatment, twin rooms in hospitals or health insurance abroad. Half a million AOK members had such additional insurance.

The background of the termination of the collaboration is a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling. Consequently, all private insurance rates in new business from December 2012 will be unisex and irrespective of gender. This has had, according to the AOK, significant impact on recent AOK exclusive rates.

Moreover, since 2007, public health insurers may also provide their own insurance.

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