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Efforts Continue to Implement Digital Health Insurance Card in Germany, Despite Delays

Country Correspondent: Michael Laxy

Fourteen years ago, the German ministry of health began to plan for a digital health insurance card for all patients. The card is intended to serve as a safe way for patients to share their electronic health records with providers and help coordinate information-sharing among physicians, hospitals, and other providers. Despite spending EUR 1 billion over the past 14 years, with little progress in implementing the card, the ministry of health has confirmed in a recent press statement that efforts will be continued. Various logistical and political difficulties have delayed implementation despite the sizeable investment.

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