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Germany proposes radical plans to tackle financial crisis in health care

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 13 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:116
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    The German coalition government—and in particular the chancellor, Angela Merkel—has been heavily criticised for plans to reform the country's underfunded health system by raising the fees paid by members of state health insurance schemes.

    Under the proposal healthcare insurance fees paid by employees and their employers will rise by around 0.5% by 2007. In addition, for the first time in the national health system's 150 year history, tax revenues will be used to help finance it. The government will spend €1.5bn (£1bn; $1.9bn) in 2007 and €3bn a year from 2008 onwards, mainly to help fund children's health insurance.

    The …

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