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German women to receive quality controlled breast screening

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 09 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:565
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    The German government plans to introduce quality assured mammography for all women aged 50-69 years from next year, Germany's health minister, Ulla Schmidt, has announced.

    The decision is based on the results of three local model projects on mammography screening started in 2001. Germany is one of the last countries in Europe to start a screening programme that aims to comply with the European standard.

    At the moment, mammography is paid for by health insurance officially only if a tumour has already been felt after breast examination …

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