BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) has rejected criticism of the financing of the care reform. “If you want better wages and at the same time you don’t want to be on the backs of those in need of care, (…) then you will have to finance it from long-term care insurance and tax revenues,” Heil said on Wednesday NDR Info.
The federal cabinet wants to adopt the nursing reform in the morning. In return, the contribution to long-term care insurance for childless people is to increase by 0.1 percentage point. The federal government gives a grant of one billion euros. There had been criticism from people without children.
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) also defended the funding in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin”: “Those who do not raise children have less financial burden than those who raise children.” But he also knows about the “emotional issue” that some children want, but for various reasons it doesn’t work out.
Heil believes the planned care reform is necessary to make the job more attractive. Better pay could attract more skilled workers and motivate more staff to stay with them until the end of their working life ./sfx/DP/nas