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German health reform likely to raise costs for patients

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 09 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:70
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    Germany's healthcare reforms that took effect at the beginning of this month look set to drive up the cost of annual health insurance for the average family by several hundred euros, instead of substantially cutting the fees as intended.

    Health insurance fees, half of which are paid for by employers, currently range from 12.6% to 14.9% of annual income, but health economist Rolf Rosenbrock, professor of social sciences and public health at the Technical University in Berlin and member of the Advisory Council for the Concerted Action in Health Care at the German health ministry, predicts in the latest issue of the …

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