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German government breaks off talks with doctors

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 02 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:874
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    The German health minister, Andrea Fischer, of Germany's Green party, has had enough. Last week she declared that she will not discuss any further her proposed health reform with representatives from the Kassenärztliche Bundesvereinigung.

    Members of the organisation (which represents 110 000 non-hospital doctors), who treat patients insured with Germany's various insurance companies, were once more questioning the compromise that the ministry and their organisation had reached on the drugs budget (28 August, p 536).

    Under the reform, the government has …

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