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German health insurance companies reluctantly agree to doctors’ pay rise

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 03 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1533
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

    Health insurance companies in Germany have been forced to agree a 10% pay rise for community based doctors, averting the threat of strike action.

    The €2.7bn (£2.2bn; $3.9bn) settlement is the minimum that the country’s 150 000 family doctors and community based specialists were prepared to accept without going on strike. The profession had originally demanded €4.5bn. The Ministry of Health is yet to formally agree the deal but has signalled its consent.

    Andreas Köhler, head of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, which …

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