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As a part of the new Austrian government's programme for the next legislative period, contribution rates will be equalized at 7.3% of income for blue and white collar workers. The growing deficit of health insurance funds calls for additional revenue; other measures foresee an additional contribution rate for non-work-accidents and an annual 0.25 point increase of the pensioners? contribution from currently 3.75% to 4.75%.
Equal health insurance contribution rate of 7.3% for blue and white collar workers (current rates: blue :7,6% white: 6,9%) which essentially increases total contribution revenue;
new additional contribution rate for non-work-accidents is introduced: 0.1 percent; this applies for all health insured persons, not only blue and white collar workers,
pensioners' contribution rate is to be increased by 0.25%-points annually until 4.75% is reached (current rate: 3.75%)
blue and white collar workers, all insurees.including pensioners, increased contribution rates for pensioners
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New government; idea is part of the programme of the new government for the next legislative period; the equal contribution rate is in accordance with other means to harmonize the legal situation
of blue and white collar workers
The growing deficit of health insurance funds calls for additional funds; predicted deficit for 2003 is 350 million Euro, expected to rise up to 900 million Euro in 2005.
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Equal contribution rate is a new objective of the new government;
Additional funds for coverage of leisure accidents have been a topic in public discussion for several years already, though previously other ideas to provide leisure accident insurance had been discussed, i.e. a charge on sport equipment
Main actors : Federal Ministry for Health and Women and Federal Ministry for Social Security and Generations, Federation of Austrian Social Security Institutions.
Though several approaches in the new government proposal were heavily discussed, adjustments i.e. increases of the contribution rates were hardly discussed in public.
As the contribution rate is fixed by law, the ASVG (General Social Security Act) has to be amended accordingly.
As there is hardly any public discussion on this topic, chances of implementation seem quite high; however, the government programme was launched only one week ago, so the discussion and public pressure might switch from co-payments to contribution rates.
No reviewing or evaluation process planned until now.
The leisure insurance scheme as proposed seems to be superior to former ideas which usually contain incentives against healthy life styles (sport) and did not cover household accidents.
We think that the increased rate of pensioners' contributions can be seen as a step towards risk-adjusted contributions, which have no tradition in the Austrian health care system.
Maria M. Hofmarcher, Contributor: Gerald Röhrling, Monika Riedel