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Germany plans to introduce electronic health card

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:131
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    The German government will start what it describes as the most extensive e-health communication project in the world next year, a spokesperson from the health ministry has announced.

    From 1 January 2006 all 72 million customers of the health insurance companies in Germany, which give access to state health care, should be using a “health card” with a microchip when they see a doctor, attend a clinic, or buy a drug. It will replace the present membership …

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