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German patients rush to doctors before new €10 charge starts

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 01 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:8
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    Throughout December, doctors' surgeries in Germany, especially in the east, have been overcrowded with patients who want to escape the extra cost of a flat rate “entrance fee” that was due to start on 1 January.

    As a result of the recent health reforms patients in Germany will have to pay €10 (£7; $12) for a visit to their GP, though any subsequent visit in the next …

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