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German doctors may have to report patients who have piercings and beauty treatments

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 01 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:905
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    Plans to introduce a law in Germany that would force doctors to notify a patient's health insurance company if medical treatment is for a complication of a beauty operation or piercing have been heavily criticised by doctors and welfare organisations.

    Health insurance companies, the law says, would have to deny covering the entire costs for complications of such unnecessary treatments. This would save some €50m …

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