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Germany

German Cabinet Approves Healthcare Bill

The German cabinet agreed on a bill to introduce preventive healthcare measures to kindergartens, retirement homes and workplaces. Health Minister Ulla Schmidt said that the new law, which is expected to be examined by parliament this month, is meant to start a broad social initiative as prevention is becoming increasingly urgent if Germany is to be able to compete with countries with younger populations. Socially disadvantaged parts of the population would receive special attention since they often bear higher health risks, Schmidt said. Social security agencies are expected to fund the preventive measures with €250 million ($324 million).

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