Germany reaches controversial deal on healthcare reformBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7409.250-a (Published 31 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:250
- Jane Burgermeister
After months of debate the German government and opposition parties have reached a controversial agreement to slash healthcare costs.
In the most radical reform of the German healthcare system since the end of the second world war, the government announced plans to cut €9.9bn (£7bn; $11.4bn) from the health-care budget next year, with savings set to rise over three years to €23.1bn by 2007.
Under the new deal patients will have to pay much more for treatment. Patients will pay €10 for every visit to a GP, as well as having to pay more for prescription …