DW-WORLD takes a closer look at recent health issues and trends in Germany.
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Click on the links below to find out more about recent health issues and trends in Germany.
In its annual corruption report, Transparency International estimates that corruption costs Germany's healthcare system between 8 and 24 billion euros ($10 and 30 billion) a year. (May 18, 2006)
Going by media reports and public opinion in Germany, one might think the country's health care system is sclerotic and near collapse. But international comparisons and health-care experts paint a different picture. (April 18, 2006)
Bar offers which include all drinks at under a euro and vacation-themed nights fuelled by buckets of sangria are the stuff of raucous holidays abroad. But these and other booze bargains are now taking hold in Germany. (Jan. 17, 2006)
In Europe, at least 150,000 people die each year as a result of drug abuse. Germany is no exception. But it is leading the way in researching and treating addictions. (May 10, 2006)
The EU extended an import ban on poultry from some non-member states after Germany found bird flu on a poultry farm. (April 7, 2006)
Though Berlin has made small steps, including age controls on cigarette vending machines to curb youth smoking, Germany remains a nation of relatively keen smokers. Read this dossier on lighting up in Germany.
Recent meat scandals at home have benefited the organic food industry in Germany, a country which can rightly claim to be Europe's largest consumer of bio-foods. But the trend is down to more than just health scares. (Jan. 13, 2006)
new report shows that Germans are getting fatter. About one half of the population is overweight. (June 6, 2006)
Following a massive measles outbreak which left three children in critical condition, Germany still lags behind other nations in vaccination rates. (May 27, 2006)
Some 20,000 doctors at German state-run hospitals lay down their stethoscopes this week demanding better pay and work conditions. Can the country afford to pay its doctors more -- and can it afford not to? (March 24, 2006)
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