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German insurers call for central database of complaints against doctors

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2815 (Published 18 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2815
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. Hamburg

Germany’s public health insurers—who cover more than 90% of the population—have called for the government to adopt measures that would require health professionals to report all incidents of medical malpractice and create a central transparent database for collection and evaluation of the data.

Despite enactment in 2013 of a new patient rights law, Germany still has no central collection point for allegations of malpractice, with cases primarily investigated by regional medical associations, by insurance companies, or in the courts. Experts say that many alleged cases of malpractice are never recorded.

One of the appeals for mandatory malpractice reporting and a central database came from the Medical Advisory …

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