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German doctors are unhappy about drugs budget

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7209.536a (Published 28 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:536
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    Patients in Germany may have to wait for prescriptions that are not strictly necessary if the overall health insurance budget of DM39bn (£13bn; $20.8bn) for drugs and physiotherapy is exceeded before the end of the year.

    This threat was issued by the Kassen rztliche Bundesvereinigung (KBV), which represents the 110000 doctors who treat patients …

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