Health costs rise in Germany

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 14 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:648

Drug spending has risen yet again in Germany, with the first six months of this year showing a 7.1% increase compared with a similar period in 1995. In the new states of eastern Germany the rise was as high as 16.1%.

After a period of cautious prescribing, with a low point in 1993, doctors are now tending to prescribe more and, particularly in eastern Germany, more expensive drugs. The rise in drug costs has also been aggravated by the government's abandonment last year—following heavy pressure from the pharmaceutical industry—of …

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