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Deductibles in social health insurance systems: Findings from Germany

Christian Hagist, Inken Holldorf and Claudia Pütz

No 128, Discussion Papers from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Institut für Finanzwissenschaft

Abstract: One unique feature of the German health insurance system is the possibility for certain socioeconomic groups to opt-out of the otherwise compulsory system. To determine whether rates incorporating deductibles can heighten the appeal of statutory health insurance funds (SHI funds) compared with private health insurance companies, Germany‘s third largest SHI fund Techniker Krankenkasse implemented a pilot scheme involving the use of deductibles. Preliminary scientific evaluations of the pilot scheme indicate that these deductibles are compatible with the principles of solidarity in the statutory health insurance system and provide an effective means of preventing defection to private health insurance companies.

JEL-codes: I11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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