Germany will penalise cancer patients who do not undergo regular screeningBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7574.877-c (Published 26 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:877
- Annette Tuffs
The German government is planning to make cancer patients who failed to undergo regular cancer screening before their diagnosis pay more towards their treatment.
The proposal is part of the package of health reforms that has divided Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government (BMJ 2006;333: 720) and that has yet to be passed by the German parliament.
The bill says that cancer patients who did not undergo screening before their cancer was diagnosed have to contribute a …