German government agrees on reform for care homes

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s government has agreed on a health care reform that includes a billion euro annual tax subsidy to increase the pay for nursing staff and reduce the contributions of care home residents, according to a draft bill seen by Reuters. From next year, the government plans to annually contribute one billion euros ($1.22 billion) to Germany’s long-term care insurance, which is part of the obligatory health insurance, according to the document. The contribution rate for childless people should be increased by 0.1 percentage points to 3.4%, while the contribution level for par…

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