Coronavirus Pandemic: End of Free Citizen Tests

Status: 06/24/2022 1:35 p.m

Federal Minister of Health Lauterbach has announced that the previously free corona citizen tests will be subject to a fee. From July there will be a cost sharing of three euros, and the tests will remain free for vulnerable groups.

Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has announced the end of free corona citizen tests. In the future, a test will cost three euros, explained Lauterbach in Berlin. Only for vulnerable groups will the tests continue to be free from July. “I don’t want to hide it, I would have liked to continue the free citizen tests for everyone,” said the SPD politician.

According to Lauterbach, the federal government’s current test concept costs the federal government an average of one billion euros a month. “So the truth is: Unfortunately, we can’t afford that in the tight budget situation that awaits us in autumn.”

Lauterbach for free tests in suspected cases

Lauterbach had previously advocated free corona tests in suspected cases. “In the future, citizen tests should continue to be used in a targeted manner where they bring the greatest benefit,” he said after the conference of health ministers. He advocated that the tests should remain free, among other things, for those who are suspected of being infected, who want to enter hospitals or care facilities or attend large indoor events. According to Lauterbach, he negotiated this with Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner.

The Minister of Health had also warned of another severe corona wave in autumn. “A very difficult time lies ahead of us.” Together with the health ministers of the federal states, he agreed across party lines on the need for joint action against the pandemic. His seven point planwith which the pandemic is to be fought in autumn, was met with “great approval”.

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