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Personal responsibility, not rationing, is the way forward

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7096.1709i (Published 14 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1709
  1. Sandra Goldbeck-Wood

    Germany's president, Dr Roman Herzog, called for more personal responsibility on the part of patients and more care with scarce resources at the 100th annual congress of the German medical association last week.

    Speaking at the conference's opening ceremony, Dr Herzog criticised the “free lunch” mentality of some patients, saying: “We are each responsible for our own health. A healthcare …

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