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From January 1, 2017, the Barmer premium rate is 15.7 percent. This allows our policy holders to benefit from our consistently high-quality services and outstanding customer service.

For all branches of social security in Germany, premium rates that are determined by the legislators apply. These are calculated as a percentage of income in line with the principle of solidarity – higher earners pay higher premiums.

Premium rate within the health insurance system

Due to a premium reform, since January 1, 2015 health insurance providers have once again been able to charge different premium rates. The Barmer premium rates listed here are calculated based on 

  • the standard statutory premium rate of 14.6  
  • or the reduced statutory premium rate of 14.0
  • and the additional individual health insurance provider premium of 1.1 percent.

Within the social insurance system, the solidarity principle applies

The more you earn, the more you pay. But only up to a limit known as the contribution assessment ceiling. No contribution is collected from earnings above this threshold.

Premium rates for health insurance


Standard Barmer premium rate


Reduced Barmer premium rate


Premium rates for long-term care, pension, and unemployment insurance


Long-term care insurance


Surcharge to the premium for long-term care insurance for those without children


Pension insurance


Unemployment insurance


Tax deductions based on premiums for health insurance and long-term care insurance

Premiums paid for health insurance and long-term care insurance have be given much greater consideration in the tax system since January 1, 2010. The legal framework for this is provided by the German Citizens Relief Act. Useful information for your tax return is available here (German)

This is an easy way to calculate your health, long-term care, pension, and unemployment contributions insurance yourself. Go to the premium calculator (German)

Do you transfer your premiums directly to Barmer? With Barmer, standardized accounts for transferring your premiums are available at all Sparkasse, Volksbank and other major bank networks in Germany. Go to bank accounts for payment of premiums (German)

Whether you’ve just started out or are already well on your way. Barmer is here to support you throughout your career – and has the perfect insurance solution for everyone. Trainees, employees, and voluntarily insured persons pay a maximum of 15.7 percent for 100 percent of our services. More information on premiums for employed people and trainees (German)


Affordable premium rates and extensive Barmer benefits are also available for people who are self-employed and work full time. You even have the option to receive sick pay in the event of long-term illnesses. More information on premiums for self-employed people (German)

For students there is a particularly cost-effective health insurance in Germany. Since the winter semester 2019/2020, the monthly contribution is € 84.22.

For long-term care insurance students with children pay € 22.69 every month. Students who do not have children and have turned  23, pay € 24.55. More information on premiums for students (German)

You never know what life has in store for you – but you can decide who you want to rely on for health insurance. Barmer also offers the option of voluntary insurance, and our fair and transparent premium rates are sure to make your decision an easy one. More information on premiums for voluntarily insured persons (German)

All-round outstanding care, continuing into your retirement – Barmer provides first-class insurance coverage for pensioners and benefit recipients. We also offer individual consultation on any questions you may have about premium rates. More information on premiums for pensioners and benefit recipients (German)

Preparing the SEPA Direct Debit Authorization

Always on the safe side: With a SEPA Direct Debit Authorization, you allow Barmer to collect due contributions from your account.
The SEPA Direct Debit Authorization ensures that your contributions always reach us on time. By signing the authorization, you as the account holder agree that BARMER as the recipient may withdraw the payment directly from your account on the next due date - and you don't have to worry about anything else.
Further information, questions and answers on SEPA Direct Debit Authorization can be found under: SEPA Europe-wide payment transactions.

  • Take advantage of the Direct Debit Authorization service
  • Contribution payments made easy: If you wish, we can debit your contributions from your account.
  • Ready in just a few clicks: My BARMER will help you set up a SEPA Direct Debit Authorization.
  • Simply fill in your bank account details, and we will create a PDF for you.
  • Print it out, sign it and send it to Barmer.
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