Germany simplifies healthcare European law:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The German parliament has passed the eighth Euro introduction law, which ensures that all healthcare laws and other regulations will be transposed to incorporate the Euro on January 1 2002. Instead of a previously determined conversion rate of DM1.95583 per Euro unit, the new law has set the rate at DM2 per Euro unit. This means that supplementary payments for medicines will be converted from DM8, 9 and 10 to E4, 4.50 and 5 respectively. However, supplementary payments for hospital stays beyond the 14-day limit will be converted from DM17 to E9, meaning that this cost will, in fact, have risen. The government has stressed that its new conversion rate will not only be advantageous to citizens, but will also simply federal and regional accounting procedures.