Germany’s Ministry of Health has stated they will have mandatory price negotiations on drug manufacturers as part of their health care reform. One key element is to stop drug companies’ ability to set prices on new patented drugs without negotiating with insurers. The Ministry of Health is also working towards:
* A maximum price set for each drug.
* Drug manufacturers will have to negotiate with health insurers for lower prices.
* Drug companies would have to scientifically establish the use and value of new products.
* Drug companies would have to show whether an innovative product is actually new or whether similar drugs already exist.
Note: updated July 9, 2010
Coalition leaders meeting in Berlin today agreed to raise health premiums to 15.5 percent of gross pay from 14.9 percent ( http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-06/merkel-raises-german-health-premiums-to-15-5-of-gross-pay-to-plug-deficit.html ). Employers will contribute 7.3 percent with 8.2 percent paid by employees. “We’re including everybody, workers, employers and taxpayers,” Roesler said in a statement distributed to reporters in Berlin.
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