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Germany has two tier health service, study shows

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39545.400451.DB (Published 10 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:796
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

    A study has provoked controversy in Germany because it shows that the country’s healthcare system has two tiers (International Journal of Equity in Health 2008;7:1; doi: 10.1186/1475-9276-7-1).

    The study, by the Institute of Health Economics and Clinical Epidemiology of Cologne University, has shown that patients who have statutory health insurance have to wait about three times longer for an appointment with a specialist than members of private health insurance schemes.

    The German health minister Ulla Schmidt said that this is illegal, but the president of the German Medical Association, Jörg Hoppe, admitted that there are differences in the …

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