Legislative packages to support the public health system in managing the coronavirus epidemic

On 25 March 2020 the German Bundestag adopted draft bills proposed by the parliamentary groups of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU/CSU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) for the "COVID19 Hospital Relief Act" and the "Act for the Protection of the Population in the Event of an Epidemic Situation of National Significance" with the votes of almost all parliamentary groups. The two legislative packages were approved by the German Bundesrat, the Federal Council, on 27 March 2020. The "COVID19 Hospital Relief Act" is intended to cushion the economic consequences for hospitals and SHI physicians, in particular through financial compensation for operations and treatments which can be scheduled and are therefore postponed, for bonus payments of EUR 50,000.00 for each additionally created intensive care bed, and surcharges for additional costs for personal protective equipment, and for the provision of hospital services by preventive and rehabilitation facilities. The "Act for the Protection of the Population in the Event of an Epidemic Situation of National Significance" is intended to improve the ability to respond to epidemics, in particular by authorising the Federal Ministry of Health to take precautionary measures to protect the population and ensure health care by means of general orders and ordinances. See the communication in this regard by the Federal Ministry of Health with further explanations (in German, Link). The adopted draft laws (BT-Drs. 19/18112; BT-Drs. 19/18111)) can be accessed via the following links:

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