German government plans hospital “reforms”: A recipe for more cuts

Ella Castle

Almost three years of the coronavirus pandemic and a current inflation rate of more than 10 percent have pushed many hospitals and health care workers to their limit. This year, hospitals can only claim price increases of about 2.3 percent, which covers about one-fifth of the actual inflation rate. It […]

Almost three years of the coronavirus pandemic and a current inflation rate of more than 10 percent have pushed many hospitals and health care workers to their limit. This year, hospitals can only claim price increases of about 2.3 percent, which covers about one-fifth of the actual inflation rate. It is therefore not surprising that two in five hospitals consider insolvency a possibility.

Summer 2021: Nursing staff at Vivantes and Charité hospitals in Berlin fight for better working conditions. The banner reads, “Broken bones, heart attacks, diagnose tumours? Just clap with us!!!” [Photo: WSWS]

A study by management consultants Roland Berger found that almost 70 percent of hospitals expect to run a deficit this year. Among the public/state-funded hospitals, the figure is 90 percent; 96 percent expect the economic situation to worsen in the next five years.

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (Social Democrat, SPD) and the “traffic light” coalition, which includes the Liberal Democrats (FDP) and Greens, have announced a “hospital reform.” But instead of supporting hospitals in need and relieving the ailing health care system, it is the first step towards implementing long-cherished plans for nationwide hospital closures and radical cuts in public health care.

The situation is dire. According to a recent survey by the German Hospital Institute, 96 percent of hospitals can no longer meet their costs from current revenues. For example, a medium-sized hospital will now pay over €6 million more for electricity and gas next year than last year. Extrapolated to all hospitals, this results in a shortfall of €4 billion for energy costs alone.

Added to this are the burdens caused by the pandemic. In the summer, the so-called Coronavirus Aid provided for hospitals expired. At the same time, the government’s unscrupulous policy of allowing the virus to run wild has led to hospitals being hopelessly overloaded, even before the peak of the autumn/winter wave. In the coming weeks, the situation will further worsen.

Before the pandemic, the staffing situation in hospitals was already catastrophic. In the last two and a half years, hundreds of nurses have quit or reduced their hours because workloads are unbearable. Now, there are enormous staff shortages due to COVID infections. Almost 80 percent of hospitals expect to have to postpone or cancel planned operations and treatments this autumn due to staff shortages.

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