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German hospitals keep up pressure of criticism vs health reforms:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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German hospital federation chairman Rudolf Kosters has maintained his strong opposition to the government's healthcare financing plan, with a call for a proposed Euro750m ($945m) cut to the hospital budget to be withdrawn. The amount, which includes the withholding of Euro250m earmarked to fund "highly specialised services", is too much for an inpatient sector already under great strain, Dr Kosters said. "After two years of talks, we find that the government has come up with a plan that does nothing to promote a health system of the future," he said this week. 24-hour provision of care will be put in doubt, and there will be fewer staff, more stress, fewer services, less innovation and longer waiting lists. The planned health fund (Gesundheitsfonds) is nothing but a masterpiece of bureaucracy, he said.

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