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One in three German hospitals faces bankruptcy

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 11 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1114
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    Every third hospital in Germany is facing bankruptcy, says a report from the consulting firm McKinsey. The main reason is the introduction of a new financing system by 2009, under which fixed uniform charges will be paid for a standard treatment per case. This will reduce the overall German hospital budget by 荤5bn (£3.4bn; $6.4bn). But it will mean that large hospitals receive the same money for an appendicitis case as small hospitals, which have potentially greater overhead costs. …

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