Delmenhorst not yet k.o.

The Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior, together with the city of Delmenhorst, wants to take a close legal look at the planned donation of a hotel to a right-wing extremist foundation. It must be clarified whether this was a "bypass deal," said a ministry spokesman.

Lower Saxony's Ministry of the Interior, together with the city of Delmenhorst, wants to take a close legal look at the planned donation of a hotel to a right-wing extremist foundation. It would have to be clarified whether it was a "bypass deal," a ministry spokesman said. The owner of the "Hotel am Stadtpark" in Delmenhorst had announced that the property, which is currently empty, would be transferred to a right-wing extremist foundation represented by the Hamburg lawyer Jurgen Rieger, who was convicted of incitement of the people.

Town defends itself against Nazi plans Rieger wants to set up a training center for right-wing groups there. "We cannot yet conclusively assess how high Rieger's interest really is," Engemann said. He said an official at the ministry was currently dealing exclusively with the matter in Delmenhorst.Rieger had originally announced that he wanted to buy the hotel for 3.4 million euros. This had caused a storm of indignation in the 79.000-inhabitants city with Bremen released. A citizens' initiative and the city of Delmenhorst have called for donations to purchase the hotel itself. On a trust account are so far more than 700.000 euros received. The city declared the area around the hotel a redevelopment area and therefore now has a right of first refusal. To get around this, Mergel is considering the donation.


Nielsen study: brand loyalty of german consumers declines

A good one in three Germans (32 percent) love trying out new brands and products. Know brand loyalty for everyday goods but only 13 percent of Germans.

A similar result can also be seen in the European average: around twelve percent of average Europeans say they shop in supermarkets and co. Rarely reach for new things, while almost 33 percent like to try new brands and products in goods of daily use. Globally, as many as 42 percent of consumers say so.

That's according to the latest consumer brand loyalty study from Nielsen, a global performance management company that provides information and insights on consumer behavior. The study maps the assessment of consumers in 64 countries on their loyalty to brands and products, on the influence of brands on their purchasing decisions, and on the importance of brands in specific product categories.


Debate on health insurance contributions has broken out anew

The record surplus of the statutory health insurance funds (GKV) is currently 28.3 billion euros. 15.2 billion is with the insurers themselves, another 13.1 billion euros is in the health fund. In view of the approaching federal elections, there has now been a push by the CSU that the health fund should be abolished and contributions by health insurers should once again be set individually. Max Staubinger, vice chairman of the CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, told the Passauer Neue Presse: "It is nonsense to take such a pile of money from the people."

The SPD wants to use the opportunity to completely reform the health care system and introduce a citizens' insurance system. "The billions in surpluses mean that the conditions for introducing a citizens' insurance scheme are more favorable than ever," SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach told arzteblatt. As a first step, the reserves should be paid out to the health insurance funds, on condition that the contribution rates are reduced.
The Green health politician Birgitt Bender also demanded the abolition of the "socially unjust additional contributions".

Health Minister Daniel Bahr (FDP) did not want to comment on these proposals. It makes no sense to start a discussion about this now, said a spokesman for Bahr, who said that the current system would remain in place. Due to the reduction of the federal subsidy to the health fund, the health insurance funds would already have to do without enough funds. For the current and next year, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble (CDU) has cut the federal subsidy by about 4.5 billion euros.


Coalition: pharmaceutical companies to stock more vaccines

Politicians from the CDU/CSU and SPD pleaded on Monday for stricter rules for the stockpiling of vaccines. Thus, the SPD advocated the Pharmaceutical companies too coercive , Keep more preparations on hand. The CDU/CSU demanded that health insurers allow more companies to bid in tenders. However, the number of manufacturers of inoculants is small after several mergers in the industry.

The British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Has reported difficulties in the production of vaccines against chickenpox (varicella), which will last until the second quarter. The reasons are quality problems in a factory in Belgium. A quadruple vaccine (MMRV) against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox and a single vaccine against varicella are affected.

Despite the Bottlenecks sees Health Minister Hermann Grohe No acute need for action. "At the moment, there is no reason for uncertainty or panic," a spokeswoman stressed. The shortfall at GSK could be compensated for by products from other manufacturers. Experts have recently expressed doubts about this, especially with regard to the protection against Chickenpox . The other major manufacturer of such vaccines, Sanofi Pasteur MSD, has stated that it cannot fully compensate for the loss of a competitor.


Cannabis therapy: cost coverage by health insurance companies secured

The German Pain League e. V. (DSL) and the German Society for Pain Medicine e. V. (DGS) welcome the unanimous adoption of the law on the use of cannabis as medicine in the German Bundestag. Afterwards in the future seriously ill patients can be supplied at expense of the legal health insurance with Cannabis medicines.

The present law not only simplifies the prescription of cannabis as medicine, but in many cases also ensures the amption of costs by the health insurance companies. Thus, health insurance companies may refuse to reimburse the costs associated with the prescription of cannabis-containing medicines only in justified exceptional cases, and at the same time will be obliged to make the decision on the amption of costs within five weeks (in the case of patients under SAPV within three days) from the date of application.

"Hereby falls presumably starting from March 2017 for many humans with chronic therapy-difficult pain the crucial hurdle for the medical use of Cannabis-containing medicines and we may hope that with this parliamentary group-spreading decision of the German Bundestag both the frustrating waiting for a decision over the amption of costs and the high number at rejecting notices finally an end has", summarizes PD Dr. Michael A. uberall, President of the German Pain League e.V. (DSL) and vice president of the German Society for Pain Medicine e.V. (DGS), his expectations regarding. of the positive effects of this law together.


“We all could not believe it”

When neo-Nazis carried out the arson attack in Solingen 25 years ago, Sylvia Lohrmann sat for the Green Party on the city council there. In the interview she remembers the day and a politically heated climate.

Interviewer: How did you understand the 29. May 1993 experienced?

Sylvia Lohrmann (Green Party politician): The day itself I did not experience so intensively, you have to remember again: we had no cell phones. I was on my way to the twin city of Aue on Whitsun Saturday to visit friends there. And then came the news of an attack in Solingen. We had heard the sirens, but there was nothing in the newspapers yet. We, my husband and I, immediately turned back, because we were all challenged. We all couldn't believe it, and of course it all comes up again on such a commemorative day as today.


Germans open to taking out insurance policies online

More than two out of three Germans can now imagine taking out insurance completely online. Not only that, 13 percent would also "sign" the insurance contract with Alexa or Siri.

These are the findings of the "Digital Insurance 2019" study, for which more than 1.000 German citizens were surveyed in a population-representative manner. "The willingness to take out a complete insurance policy with a few clicks recently stagnated at below 60 percent. Now there was the leap that some experts had already expected for the previous year," comments Michael Sub, Managing Director of Adcubum Germany. "Especially among 35- to 55-year-olds, online affinity has increased significantly. Nearly three quarters in this age group are now open to online-only policies."

Simple insurance policies are already being taken out online

As the study further shows, however, a positive basic attitude toward online insurance still does not automatically mean that the customer will also immediately become active online. "70 percent of online enthusiasts have already actually purchased insurance completely online," Sub said. "Although a good one in two Germans has already successfully used this sales channel, many customers still find online offers too complicated or in need of explanation."


Finance minister wants to cut subsidies for health insurers

The German finance minister wants to take two billion euros away from the statutory health insurance funds in order to get a lot closer to his goal of a balanced national budget next year. According to current calculations, the minister lacks four billion euros for this purpose. Half of the required amount would already be covered by the health insurance budget.

Schauble wants to draw the other half equally from all other finance departments. The finance minister can cut the budgets of his colleagues across the board via a so-called global underspend, reports the news magazine Spiegel.

This is the second time that Schauble has used the health fund. Back in March 2012, he had announced – due to the favorable economic situation at the time – that he wanted to further consolidate the budget, arzteblatt reports. Even then, two billion euros were set aside in the health fund to cushion an expected deficit of the health insurance funds. However, redistribution to health insurers was not necessary.