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Germany puts universal health e-card on hold

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c171 (Published 12 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c171
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

    Germany’s health minister, Philipp Rösler, has decided to put on hold the introduction of the planned electronic health card system, whereby every citizen was meant to hold an electronic card carrying their health data, medical history, prescriptions, and insurance status.

    The project, originally to have been launched in January 2006, has so far cost the country’s health insurance companies and its government a total of €1.7bn (£1.5bn; $2.5bn).

    The new German government, a coalition of the Christian Democrats and the liberal Free Democratic Party, has decided to review the plans, which were the work of the former …

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