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Germans to get health insurance

18th January 2007

Germany looks set to make health insurance obligatory for all its citizens with reforms scheduled to take effect on April 1.

Health Minister Ulla Schmidt announced the reform, although it wasn't clear whether further political wrangling would emerge in the long-running saga.

Schmidt described the new plan as an historic move capable of resolving a series of current problems.

Rising healthcare costs have meant that even the better off middle class families are struggling to pay treatment costs under the current system.

She said an obligatory insurance scheme was the best protection against abuse of the system.


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