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Germany plans to make GPs gatekeepers

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7189.961a (Published 10 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:961
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    Germany's federal government is considering strengthening the role of the country's 45000 general practitioners by making them gatekeepers to specialist medical care, in order to cut the rising cost of health care. The proposed change is un-popular with the country's specialists.

    Federal health minister Andrea Fischer was confronted with storms of protest and whistling when …

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