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Row breaks out over paying for artificial nutrition in Germany

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 19 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1169
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    A row has broken out in Germany over who should pay for patients to receive artificial feeding. The joint doctors and health industry committee that determines which treatments will be funded by the insurance industry claims that artificial feeding is being used unnecessarily in patients who could be fed orally if staff in nursing homes were willing to do so. It has issued new rules saying that the treatment should be used only in restricted circumstances.

    But the German government, reacting to an outcry in the media about difficult cases, has refused to accept the committee's ruling and says that the insurance industry should continue to fund the procedure for …

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