Germany cuts funds for methadone treatment

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 23 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:727
  1. Helmut Karcher

    Public health insurers in Germany are to cut back on their refunds for methadone treatment for heroin addicts. The largest of the insurers, Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse (AOK), has said that from 1 April only current heroin addicts will be allowed to remain on a methadone treatment plan. The insurer's director in Hamburg, Karin Schwemin, said the new policy was intended to prevent abuse of its funds.

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