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German doctors accused of health insurance fraud

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 27 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:184
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    A German practice association of 19 specialist doctors and a physiotherapist may have defrauded health insurance companies of a possible €10m (£6.4m; $10.1m) over the past five years.

    The public prosecutor for Hanover, close to where the practice is based in Burgdorf, was alerted to the association's alleged fraud by the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung (KV) (association of statutory health insurance doctors) of Lower Saxony after the KV discovered several improbable bills from the Burgdorf association.

    German doctors do not have contracts with health …

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