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Health reform divides German coalition government

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 05 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:720
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel, has been struggling for weeks to reach an agreement on her ambitious health reform plans with her Social Democrat coalition partners, as well as the powerful state premiers from her own Christian Democrat party. She wants to reach a stable compromise by the end of October.

    The health reform plan is aimed at reducing the German healthcare budget, the third highest in the world. Under the proposal healthcare insurance fees paid by employees and their employers will rise by around 0.5% by 2007.

    And for the …

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