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German doctors protest against coded diagnoses

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7025.203a (Published 27 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:203

More than 30000 doctors in Germany have signed a declaration of protest against a new law requiring them to indicate their diagnoses by code number rather than by name in insurance claims. The new law, introduced on 1 January, obliges doctors to use code numbers from the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) instead of words, such as “diabetes” or “migraine,” in their settlement claims.

The new rule is intended to …

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