Laboratory referrals ban illegal says Berlin court:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The Berlin Land social court has upheld an earlier judgment that the ban (in place since April 1994) on laboratory referrals of category O I diagnostic testing procedures is illegal. Laboratory doctors in the nation's capital may, therefore, continue to perform O I tests on referral and claim reimbursement from the doctors' association, reports Arzte Zeitung. The court found that the ban infringed the laboratory doctors' constitutional right to professional freedom and equality. A further appeal against the judgment is permitted.