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As part of the debate on how to use the surplus billions of the statutory health funds (GKV), the federal health minister Daniel Bahr (FDP) has again demanded the distribution of bonuses to the insured. At the moment, "about nine health funds" were doing this, "but over 30 health funds could do it", he said on the German World Service.

In addition he repeated his demand to abolish doctor’s office fees. They had not fulfilled their intended regulatory function. They were merely a source of income for health funds.

Owing to the good economic situation, statutory health insurance currently had a financial cushion of about 20 billion Euro.

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