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German health ministry dodges the innovation issue

This article was originally published in Clinica

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German ministry of health manoeuvring to avoid important issues that will affect industry upon the introduction of the new DRG (Diagnosis Related Groups) system is beginning to frustrate the medical device industry sector. At a meeting last week in Konigswinter, Georg Baum, head of the ministry's department of healthcare provision, was asked to clarify certain issues of relevance to device companies, but failed to satisfy the questioners.

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