Initial roll-out

After a lengthy wait, the question of when the electronic health care card (eGK) will be introduced has finally been clarified. The health insurers will start issuing the eGK to their policy holders in October this year. This is stipulated by the health care financing law (GKV-Finanzierungsgesetz). The Federal Ministry of Health has specified that all health insurers which have not issued the eGK to at least 10 percent of their policy holders by the end of the year will be have to accept severe cutbacks in the financing of their administrative costs. As a result, the Central Association of Health Insurers, the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians and of Statutory Health Insurance Dentists agreed that the hardware solution, needed to read the eGK in doctors' practices and clinics, must be installed by October. For the purchase and installation of the new readers, doctors and clinics will receive a lump-sum payment amounting to €355 for stationary devices used in the practice, and €280 for mobile devices, which are, for example, required for house calls. The lump-sum payment for installation is €215.


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