Frankfurt (dpa/lhe) - The Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KV), which is responsible for billing all rapid corona tests in Hesse, no longer wants to take on this task in the future. The new test regulation was over the knee, neither the actors nor the public were taken along, said a spokesman for KV-Hessen on Friday. What is in the new regulation can no longer be checked with regard to fraud. "How is it supposed to be checked in medical practices whether a test criterion is met and medical practices do not have cash registers." The payment of three euros is also more bureaucratic.
Since Thursday, free tests have only been available for risk groups and other exceptional cases. For tests, for example for family celebrations, concerts or meetings with people over 60, an additional payment of three euros is due. Anyone who wants such a test must sign that it is done for this purpose.
The nationwide associations of statutory health insurance physicians wrote to Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach (SPD) on Thursday that they “will no longer be able to bill and pay out citizen tests in the future.” Among other things, they justified this by saying that they could check eligibility requirements even less than in the past. A spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Health explained that it is assumed that the associations of statutory health insurance physicians, as public corporations, will continue to fulfill their mandate for billing and random testing of the test centers.
“It is not our decision whether there are further tests,” said the spokesman for KV-Hessen. This is a matter for the Federal Ministry of Health. Maybe someone else could take care of the billing. "We can't check it and that's why we can't account for it anymore."
Because of the three euros due, pharmacies in Hesse have already discontinued their test offers. The chairman of the Hessian Association of Pharmacists, Holger Seyfarth, announced on Thursday that the new regulation has increased the workload for providers. The tests, which cost three euros, meant more documentation for less compensation. However, a majority of pharmacies stopped doing citizen tests before the ordinance was passed because demand had fallen sharply in the past few months.