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Germany plans law to limit hospital rooms to two beds

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 15 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1044
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

German patients who have to share a hospital room with more than two other patients should be offered a discount as a way to improve the quality of care, an MP has suggested in a new draft bill.

Jens Spahn, a health spokesman for the Christian Democrats, the major partner in Germany’s ruling coalition, also proposes that the law on the quality of care should include a target maximum waiting time of three weeks to see a GP or a non-hospital specialist and that health …

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