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German law to cuts drug costs angers doctors

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 04 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1051
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    GPs and specialist doctors in Germany will face a cut in income if they exceed their budget for drugs, under a new law that came into effect this week. But doctors who prescribe fewer and less expensive drugs will be able to increase their income.

    Despite fierce demonstrations by doctors and protests by the drug industry, the so called Arzneimittelversorgungs-Wirtschaftlichkeitsgesetz, a law which tries to stop the increase in spending on drugs, has been introduced.

    “This law is a …

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