4. Paying for services
Adequate funding for health is important to manage the excess demands on the health system. This section considers how countries are PAYING FOR COVID-19 SERVICES. Health financing describes how much is spent on health and the distribution of health spending across different service areas. The section also describes who is covered for COVID-19 testing and treatment, whether there are any notable gaps (in population coverage and service coverage), and how much people pay (if at all) for those services out-of-pocket.
4.1 Health financing
The government provided additional funds for the healthcare system, including to create advanced health centers, acquire medical equipment and infrastructure and cover accommodation expenses in Luxembourg for eligible cross-border health-care workers. A fiscal package has been adopted by the Parliament (see also Section 6.1 Economy). The fiscal package includes measures to acquire medical equipment and infrastructure of EUR 194 million, (coressponding to 0.3% of 2019 GDP).
The National Health Fund (CNS) compensates for the loss due to the decreased number of visits to physician practices, as well as the overall investment of the medical profession at all levels, by providing a one-time payment of "the guaranteed minimum number of 80 hours between 16 March and 17 May" of service with a special hourly rate of EUR 236.40 per unit, for each doctor and dentist installed in the country (equal to EUR 18,900). Physicians who exceeded the quota of 80 hours in this period will have to justify of each hour, in a usual way, but are also refunded at the same special hourly rate (EUR 236,40 the unit).