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Germany takes crisis measures to cap health spending

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 23 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1194
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    Within weeks of re-election, the German health minister, Ulla Schmidt, is trying to stop the rapid increase in the health budget by introducing a bill of emergency measures

    Health insurance companies face a deficit of several billion euros if her emergency actions fail. They would be forced to raise their fees in 2003, which would put an extra load on employers and might cause further unemployment.

    Under her proposed bill, budgets …

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