Shocked by premium hikes of as much as 50 percent, many Germans with private health insurance are seeking to switch to a national health plan, Der Spiegel reported.
Many private health insurance plans pushed through hefty premium increases at the beginning of the year and that's behind the move to switch, the magazine said.
“We’ve gotten increased telephone inquiries from those privately insured who want to come to the AOK,” Wilfried Jacobs, the head of the AOK in Rheinland/Hamburg, told the magazine.
The AOK, with 15 regional branches and some 24 million members, is Germany’s largest public health insurance organization.
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