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Patient groups blast "arrogant" G-BA:

This article was originally published in Clinica

Executive Summary

Incensed by the continued refusal of the German joint federal committee (G-BA) to fulfill health minister Ulla Schmidt's request for enteral nutrition to be reimbursed, patient groups have branded the G-BA "arrogant" and "bureaucratic". The committee has reacted to Ms Schmidt's third reminder with a 40-page "intransparent bureaucratic monster" of a draft decision, which it is apparently prepared to enact. Tens of thousands of patients require enteral nutrition in Germany, say the Right to Food and Life and the SHG parents' initiative, whose spokespersons, Ekkehard Bahlo and Monika Boeckmann, have jointly urged the minister to hold firm and insist that the current law, and provision for reimbursement, remain in place.

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