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German doctors shun eastern states

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 23 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:949
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    Eastern Germany faces a dramatic shortage of doctors. In the last few years several hundred general and specialist practices in the five eastern states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt, and Saxony had to be closed down because vacancies could not be filled. However, with an increasing proportion of elderly people in the eastern states, medical care is in high demand.

    The situation will worsen in the future, because the percentage of young doctors in Germany as a whole is decreasing: …

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