Cost-Savings über Alles

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  • 03/25/2008
In CMPI’s new paper, “The Hazards of Harassing Doctors:Regulation and Reaction in Trans-Atlantic Healthcare," Dr. Alphonse Crespo, a Swiss physician, points out that focusing on cost-savings rather than patient care has unintended – but highly predictable consequences:

“Obsession with cost-containment has brought about regulatory measures that significantly affect the independence of German doctors. The “Drugs Saving Package” voted by the German parliament, introduces penalties for prescription of “expensive” drugs and rewards physicians who restrict their prescriptions to low-cost copy generics. This ethically objectionable legal gimmickry - akin to bribing physicians not to treat to the best of their ability - was one of the sparks of the doctor protest movement. A recent survey suggests that 65% of German physicians condemn bureaucratic tampering with prescriptions. Public perceptions echo their concerns. Questioned on this issue, 60% of people at large reckon that they will no longer get the best possible treatment from their doctors. Judging by media coverage, most Germans sympathize with their doctors' plight but express scepticism as to their ability to influence government health care policy and budgeting.”

Dr. Crespo’s complete essay and the complete paper can be found under the “Reports” heading at

Center for Medicine in the Public Interest is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization promoting innovative solutions that advance medical progress, reduce health disparities, extend life and make health care more affordable, preventive and patient-centered. CMPI also provides the public, policymakers and the media a reliable source of independent scientific analysis on issues ranging from personalized medicine, food and drug safety, health care reform and comparative effectiveness.

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