The state health scheme - Germany



Pharma and Politics

In Germany the pharma industry has a strong influence on politics, health-care organisations, and decision-makers and the prices of medical drugs are amongst the highest in the world. The industry commonly offers the high cost of research as justification for these high prices. However, a mounting quantity of evidence devaluates this argument: a non negligible number of new medical drugs have been shown to represent no significant medical improvement over existing standard drugs. Quite often the marketing budget outstrips the research budget. I.e. the high prices generally do not appear to be the results of correspondingly high efforts in research. In reality, the public has no insight into the calculations behind the drug prices.

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