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Future head of German NICE sets out ambitions for health care

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3275 (Published 18 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3275
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

    In a country with a powerful drug industry and a medical profession with little experience in evidence based medicine, the thought of introducing it might leave some doctors cold. But Jürgen Windeler, the newly appointed head of Germany’s equivalent to NICE, has grabbed the opportunity with what can only be described as relish.

    In one of his first interviews since his appointment, Professor Windeler admitted that the job would be demanding but that the prospect of directly influencing the quality and efficiency of health care in Germany was too much to resist. And his plans are ambitious. With evidence based medicine on his side, he hopes to eliminate unnecessary drugs, medical devices, and procedures while helping to save the country several billions in euros.

    On 1 September 2010 the 53 year old medical doctor and professor in biometric methods and clinical epidemiology will become the second director of the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care …

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