Sauerteig, L. (2003) 'Solidarität und die Finanzierung der gesetzlichen Krankenversicherung in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in den 1960er und 1970er Jahren.', Zeitschrift für ärztliche Fortbildung und Qualitätssicherung., 97 (10). pp. 667-673.
Until the early seventies escalating costs in the health care sector were accepted as being a necessary consequence of social progress. However, this view has since begun to shift. Due to the recession in the mid–seventies, mounting health expenditures now loomed as a threat to the economy. Rather than social progress, the issue now was measures to curb the rising costs and increase insurance revenues. Rising health care contributions initiated by the government coalition of Social Democrats and the Liberal Party marked this change of perspective in health policy that led to restraints in the principle of solidarity within the statutory health insurance system and, as a result, to a renewed privatisation of health expenditures. Since then patients who had health insurance were obliged to pay a larger share of their health expenses.
|Keywords:||Federal Republic of Germany, Health care policy, Statutory health.|
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