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Germany reaches controversial deal on healthcare reform

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 31 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:250
  1. Jane Burgermeister
  1. Vienna

    After months of debate the German government and opposition parties have reached a controversial agreement to slash healthcare costs.

    In the most radical reform of the German healthcare system since the end of the second world war, the government announced plans to cut €9.9bn (£7bn; $11.4bn) from the health-care budget next year, with savings set to rise over three years to €23.1bn by 2007.

    Under the new deal patients will have to pay much more for treatment. Patients will pay €10 for every visit to a GP, as well as having to pay more for prescription …

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