Bavaria: Greens: Bavaria must reimburse the fee for corona citizen tests

Munich (dpa/lby) - After the Red Cross, the Greens are also demanding that the Bavarian state government take over the three-euro contribution for corona citizen tests.

Bavaria: Greens: Bavaria must reimburse the fee for corona citizen tests

Munich (dpa/lby) - After the Red Cross, the Greens are also demanding that the Bavarian state government take over the three-euro contribution for corona citizen tests. "For me, the free citizen tests are a very important tool for controlling the pandemic," said Christina Haubrich, health policy spokeswoman for the Greens in the state parliament, on Friday in Munich. She is convinced that comprehensive tests should be available everywhere free of charge. Therefore, the state government must provide free citizen tests in Bavaria and end the obligation to provide evidence.

"The Free State has the opportunity to contribute to the costs of the tests and should also pay the three euros per test for the citizens," said Haubrich. The Söder government must now take responsibility and should not always just point the finger at Berlin. "Especially in schools and daycare centers, we need smart test concepts for the fall, with sufficient pool and series tests available." But the PCR test capacities would also have to be expanded again by autumn at the latest.

Since Thursday, a personal contribution of three euros has been due in most cases for a corona citizen test in Germany. The basis for this is the new Corona Test Ordinance passed by the Federal Government. The federal government reimburses the centers for a large part of the costs. However, after all federal states rejected the co-financing, the tests are no longer generally free of charge.

"The federal government has decided to introduce this fee and must also stand by it. Passing these costs on to the federal states does not do justice to the challenge posed by the pandemic to society as a whole," said Bavaria's Health Minister Klaus Holetschek (CSU), explaining Bavaria's position on Thursday. At the same time, the Red Cross had already asked the Free State to assume the costs and warned of a further decline in the number of tests.

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