Why is sickness “crippling” Germany’s economy?

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Germany Is Sick Man After All With Illness Crippling Economy

•Germany Was a Literal Sick Man Last Year
Absences shaved 0.8 percentage point off growth, study says
•Tally of illness among employees reached a record in 2023

(Bloomberg) — German officials insist their economy doesn’t merit the “sick man of Europe” label, but a new study suggests illness is really playing a part in its poor performance.

Gross domestic product would have risen 0.5% last year if it hadn’t been for work absences due to poor health — a tally that surpassed pandemic totals to reach a record in 2023, according to analysis by VFA, the country’s association of research-based pharmaceutical companies.

Some €26 billion ($28.2 billion) in real income was lost due to illnesses among employees — equivalent to about 0.8 percentage point of total output, economists Claus Michelsen and Simon Junker wrote in a report released on Friday. High levels of absences in November and December point to another hit in the current quarter too.

The German economy shrank 0.3% in 2023, its worst performance in two decades barring the financial crisis year of 2009, and 2020, when the pandemic hit. Its underperformance compared to regional peers was so pronounced that it evoked the “sick man of Europe” label previously used to describe it a quarter century ago.

Bundesbank President Joachim Nagel has rejected the comparison, and last week, Finance Minister Christian Lindner insisted the country was more like a tired man just needing coffee.

“In 2023, Germany was the ‘sick man’ in the truest sense of the word — its economic performance was significantly more affected by the wave of illness than in other countries,” Michelsen and Junker wrote. “What’s still true though is that Germany’s economy faces significant structural problems and is confronted with major challenges in international competition.”

Significant investments, also in health and prevention measures, are needed, they say.

If absences due to sickness recorded over the past two years were to become the new normal, the economy would lose the equivalent of 350,000 employees, the study showed. That tally is twice as much when also making up for some overtime and productivity improvements.

“A country already fighting with the problems of demographic change shouldn’t allow that to happen permanently,” Michelsen and Junker said.

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4 thoughts on “Why is sickness “crippling” Germany’s economy?

  1. Young folk keep dying with undisclosed emergencies… I hope she got right with the God of Jacob Israel in the name of Jesus Christ before she quickly perished. The odds are against it.

    Memphis News Anchor Amanda Hanson, 38, Dies After Complications from Medical Emergency: ‘We Are Devastated’

    The newly married Memphis native was known for bringing her love of dance to her on-air broadcasts


  2. This article makes complete sense. I think the USA especially the liberal blue areas are facing the same issue. I notice and heard about so many people around me getting sick with weird bugs. My sister has flu like symptoms for the last 2 weeks and could only work half days. She had to work those days with the threat of losing her job.

    A friend of mine up north told me that half her chorus group was out with colds that last forever and sinus infections.

    I think these Covid vaccines have just killed peoples immune systems.

    I notice lately that customer service and product quality has gotten more sloppy and half ass. Sick people are just not motivated like healthy people and that’s why service has gotten worse.

    Stay away from all vaccines including the flu shots. Flu shots like the Covid vaccines just don’t work.

    1. The “vaccines” work well, just not in the way most people think. They are working as intended. 💉💉💉☠️☠️☠️⚰️⚰️⚰️

      1. If the intention of the Covid Vaccines is to slowly kill people with health complications then these vaccines appear to be very successful. The vaccine push back in 2021 was also very successful that they suckered 70% of the USA to take these kill shots.
        The rest of my family took the shots and now they have increased health issues. A few of them have serious health issues. I feel bad for them yes, but I can’t feel sorry for people that don’t think rationally.

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