German government considers ending funding of marketing courses for doctors

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 07 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5331
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

Germany’s Department of Trade and Industry has announced that it is considering withdrawing funding for courses that train doctors to sell so called individual health services, after wide criticism.

The individual health services most often promoted by doctors include various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures as well as counselling. Because they are not evidence based, they are not covered by statutory health insurance, and patients have to pay for them …

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