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Dihk wants to abolish health fund again

Dihk wants to abolish health fund again

The DIHK is no longer willing to accept that contribution payers are not benefiting from premium cuts despite the current surplus of around 20 billion euros – and is therefore calling for legislative consequences in a paper obtained by the "handelsblatt" and the news agency dpa. Since 2009, all health insurance funds have been subject to a standard contribution rate of 15.5 percent. This is detrimental to the competition. The health insurers also see it this way.

"The statutory health insurance funds should once again be able to set their contribution rates individually, so that cost differences between them once again become more easily visible," deputy managing director achim dercks told the newspaper. "This stimulates competition and insured persons and companies benefit from clear price signals."

In the long term, the DIHK calls for the introduction of a capitation fee independent of income. In view of the growing number of people receiving benefits and the shrinking number of people paying contributions, the current wage-dependent system would inevitably lead to rising contribution rates. This can be prevented only by a lump sum premium. SPD, left and green parties reject this as antisocial, because it would mean that a janitor and his director would have to pay the same amount for health insurance.

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Trump administration fires entire aids advisory panel

Trump administration fires entire aids advisory panel

U.S. President donald trump’s administration has fired the entire previous weibe house advisory panel on HIV/aids issues, according to unanimous media reports.

After six members of the commission had already resigned in june in protest against trump’s health care policies, the remaining ten members had now received their resignation papers, wrote the "washington post" among others.

The announcement is effective immediately, the newspaper quoted an affected person, epidemiologist patrick sullivan, who was appointed to the board for four years under trump’s predecessor barack obama in 2016. It is known under the abbreviation PACHA, was launched in 1995 and advises the women’s house in the fight against aids. Members are volunteers and come from a variety of social as well as professional groups.

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Study: employees in bad kissingen very often on sick leave

study: employees in bad kissingen very often on sick leave

Bavarian rhon advertises its expertise as a health region: people hope to find healing in five spas, three of which are even state spas. But it is the health region itself that is suffering from illness: according to a study, nowhere in bavaria is the sickness rate as high as in the districts of bad kissingen and bad bruckenau: 4.2 percent of employees here are ill on average, which means 15.3 days of absence per year.

12,500 insured as a basis
The german employees' health insurance fund (DAK) evaluates the sickness reports of its insured every year. Around 860,000 in bavaria, around 18,000 in the two bavarian rhon counties. "Of these, around 12,500 are entitled to sick pay", says wolfgang flaig, head of services for the region. The study does not include anyone who does not submit a certificate of incapacity to work to the DAK, such as pensioners or mini-jobbers.
KG and NES counties were already top in 2011: "unfortunately, we retained the negative first place", is the most important result of the study (see info box). There is a clear trend: "the number of sick cases is going down considerably, but the duration is increasing", reports flaig. In figures: 4.7 percent of the sick contribute 51.5 percent of the days absent from work. Cardiovascular diseases made a significant contribution to this development last year: while the number of cases actually fell slightly, the number of days missed doubled from around 17 to around 34 days.
In contrast, there was a decline in mental illnesses in 2012: after 36.2 sick days in this area in 2011, the average was only 32.6 days per year and patient in 2012. On the other hand, the number of cases has again increased slightly. Even the slight decline does not change the long-term trend: mental illnesses increased by two-thirds from 2000 to 2012. "The question is, of course, whether we are ill in a different way today or whether our perception has changed." Incidentally, the much-cited burn-out is rarely mentioned as a diagnosis: "depression is diagnosed eight times more often than burn-out", says flaig.
"I can only confirm that", harald schubler is not surprised by the sad record of the region. He is the head of the schubler freight forwarding company in oberleichtersbach and employs 35 people. As is generally the case in the logistics industry, the sickness rate at his company is very high: in 2010 and 2011, it was still around five percent; in 2012, the rate rose to 7.78 percent, which means 28.4 sick days per employee per year. Upward trend.
"I employ three men alone to compensate for sick leave", says schubler. But: "we can't get any drivers because we don't have enough people who have completed their CI certificate in the german armed forces." Driving licenses cost between 6,000 and 7,000 euros, and are subsidized by the employment agency for the unemployed. But: "who wants to be on the road all week??", motivation is often lacking afterwards. A truck driver rubs off up to 3000 kilometers a week. Schubler ensures that they stay as fit as possible by providing further training. His tip: "you should do something at every rest stop, even if it's just walking a few steps in the fresh air."

According to a DAK study, the health care sector has the highest sickness rates, closely followed by the logistics industry. This partly explains the poor figures in the region: 23 percent of the DAK-insured work in clinics and practices. This also includes many employees of the heiligenfeld clinics: "we have around 700 employees and our sickness rate of just under five percent is in line with the industry-wide average", reports press spokeswoman kathrin schmitt. That's about three days more per employee than the high average for the region.
The company is doing a lot to counteract this: "but with a complex health management system, we make sure that our employees are very committed and healthy", reports kathrin schmitt. There are no employees at heiligenfeld who are present but not actually able to work due to illness.
"We have an emergency shoulder and neck service, for example," says, reports thorsten stuwe, head of physical therapy. Should he stay: if someone is tense, they call and get a massage. And the offer goes on: even cosmetic and grooming vouchers can be redeemed by employees while they are at work.
"I use the gym and the swimming pool in the building", reports health officer stefan schneider. Many other things are also part of the initiative, such as showering facilities for all those who come to work by bike. In stefan schneider's case, at least, the concept is working: "i've been working here for three years and haven't had a single day of sick leave", says the 44-year-old.

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Curiosities from the homeland

Curiosities from the homeland

The summer festival of the association for horticulture and home cultivation on the schaffer meadow proved to be a magnet for visitors over the weekend. Chairman kurt heid and fritz gensler, the chairman of the association ring, were satisfied. The musical framework was provided by the diebacher blaskapelle (brass band).

One of the highlights was the curiosity show of old household, garden and agricultural equipment. These devices were attached to the edge of the table and operated by hand crank. Several decades ago, cherries were pitted, beans were chopped and nuts were ground in this way. Many seniors came to this exhibition and remembered their youthful days. The purpose of the old sheet metal form with lid seems to have been clarified. Heid received a convincing hint from the village people: it is obviously a pudding mold. A recipe was supplied at the same time. At that time, leftover bread was also used, because nothing was thrown away in these meager times.

The enthusiastic participants of the herb hike were able to learn that health grows in front of the house. The knowledgeable herb fairy ingrid bold from neuwirtshaus then gave a demonstration lesson, which the 30 or so participants were able to enjoy to the full. They tasted samples of homemade herb butter, tested a tasty herb spread, and were amazed at how easy it is to make herb salt. The stalk of a yarrow can serve as a decorative spit, on which kasestuckchen and small tomatoes are lined up.

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Gertrud wilhelm keeps an eye on stockheim as well as wm

Gertrud wilhelm keeps an eye on stockheim as well as wm

At the age of 90, she is still passionate about crossword puzzles, watches political TV shows, reads women’s magazines – and at the moment the soccer world championship is taking up a lot of time in her daily routine: gertrud wilhelm was born in stockheim and has now lived in the former mining community for 90 years.

"Mentally totally fit"

Mentally she was totally fit, only her bones were not keeping up, says the jubilarian with a laugh. That’s why she misses the long-distance trips she used to love so much, which took her to the middle east and all over southern europe. Women’s magazines are part of her daily reading, and she also takes an interest in local events.

Working for siemens

She worked as a secretary at siemens for over 20 years. Since 1952 she was married to her husband karl, who unfortunately died in 2010. The marriage produced son harald. The family also includes the now grown-up granddaughter vanessa.
Mayor rainer detsch, among a number of congratulators, offered the congratulations of the community. The mayor wished the jubilarian continued health and well-being. On behalf of the catholic parish st. Wolfgang congratulated deacon wolfgang fehn.

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Bad kissingen: borreliosis petition fails – the pain remains

Bad kissingen: borreliosis petition fails - the pain remains

Actually, this meeting should have taken place weeks ago. But then barbara bauer had to go to hospital unexpectedly. After eight days of inpatient treatment at the schweinfurt hospital, she was discharged – without any findings. But for barbara bauer, it's clear what's behind her pain: lyme disease, an infectious disease transmitted by tick bites. Together with other members of the bad kissingen self-help group, she initiated a signature campaign in november to draw attention to what she sees as poor medical care in the district and deficits in research.

The main demands of the petition are: better medical education about the symptoms and treatment options of lyme disease, less dogmatic research and simplified recognition of professional disability. Since she was bitten again by a tick in december, barbara bauer's health has deteriorated. "I have so much pain in my joints that I can't sleep anymore", it tells. Their expectations of the petition were accordingly high.

Now the answer came from munchen: the petition is considered "done" looks at. That is, the state parliament sees no acute need for action, the problem lies rather in a "lack of information" from the self-help group. Sabine dittmar, a member of the bundestag, takes a critical view of this assessment: "this letter deals primarily with the situation of doctors in the district. But the group has a completely different concern, namely research and the reimbursement of diagnostic costs."