Austria’s dual system is outdated and inefficient. Financing from a single source – also strongly recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) – is long overdue.
“Why do we even need health insurance? The health insurance fund is just a large apparatus that distributes money.” Which sounds like a moody and not entirely serious sentence from a provincial governor in permanent election campaign mode, who is venting his anger at the constant financial support of the Austrian health insurance fund (ÖGK) from the state is nothing less than a political attack on the health care funding system.
Obviously his advance is a test balloon, which would explain why Hans Peter Doskozil did not go into detail at an event organized by the SPÖ Hornstein on Wednesday, but only remarked that the state could take over all the tasks of the ÖGK right away after it anyway constantly playing fire brigade and extinguishing fires.
Only one editor of “Standard” who was present recognized the explosiveness of the statements and headlined “Doskozil demands the abolition of the health insurance fund”. In fact, Burgenland’s governor is doing exactly that. And he has good arguments for it that have not yet been expressed in this speech.