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EU commissioner criticizes “oversupply” in the German health care system

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Monday 29 October 2018

Berlin - The EU Commission has asked Germany to be more disciplined in terms of costs in the healthcare system. "Germany spends 11.2 percent of its gross domestic product on health - that is the top figure in the EU," said EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis world. Per capita, 3,996 euros would be invested in health every year - 43 percent more than the EU average.

Germany also has the highest density of hospital beds. "On the other hand, the average life expectancy is 80.7 years - that is 18th place in the EU," said Andriukaitis. "That means that in Germany the highest health expenditure does not lead to the highest life expectancy." This is "remarkable".

The figures indicated that "the resources in the German health system should be used more efficiently," said the EU health commissioner. This applies above all to the inpatient area, where there is “partial oversupply”, “which gives cause for corrections”. For example, inpatient services could be relocated more to the outpatient area.

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Germany also has by far the highest per capita rate of hip replacement operations and magnetic resonance imaging. This raises "concerns about oversupply of services and the adequacy of care," Andriukaitis said. Overall, however, access to medical services in Germany is "very good". © afp / aerzteblatt.de

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