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Germany's health insurance associations can set drug prices, EU court says

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 25 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:730
  1. Jane Burgermeister
  1. Vienna

    The European Court of Justice has ruled that Germany's state health insurance associations are entitled to set the maximum price that they will pay for drugs.

    Europe's highest court, which is based in Luxembourg, said that Germany's system, in which state health insurance associations can determine a price ceiling for drugs does not break EU laws on competition. This is because such associations cannot be considered to be companies operating in the free market but rather …

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