Private employers criticize the planned care reform

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The association complains that care facilities will have to pay collectively agreed wages from autumn 2022 onwards. The supply is no longer secure.
Private operators of care facilities criticize the collective bargaining agreement planned by the grand coalition for the payment of elderly care workers. “With the collectively agreed remuneration, the coalition accepts a threat to the existence of the care facilities and thus puts the care of people in need of care at risk,” said the President of the Federal Association, Bernd Meurer, of the editorial network Germany.

The proposed change in the law did not ensure that collectively agreed wages would be refinanced in sufficient amounts by the long-term care insurance funds. “This is a disaster for our company,” said Meurer. He particularly criticized Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU). “The health minister makes himself the vicarious agent of the SPD, which speaks out against the commitment of private providers in care,” said the BPA boss.

Spahn risked “that many small and medium-sized companies in the care sector will collapse in the next few years and thus the supply structures that we sorely need will be destroyed,” said Meurer.
During the long-term care reform, the Union and the SPD agreed, among other things, that from September 1, 2022, care facilities may only conclude supply contracts with long-term care insurance if they pay their employees by collective agreements or at least the corresponding amount. At the same time, nursing home residents are to be relieved of their contributions.

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