Doctors Seek Higher Fees From Health Insurers

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A doctor speaks to a patient as a sphygmomanometer, or blood pressure... News PhotoBerlin,Bestof,Blood,Blood Pressure Gauge,Desk,Doctor,Germany,Healthcare And Medicine,Horizontal,Hospital,Illness,Laboratory,Medical Exam,Medical Insurance,Office,Patient,Talking,Topics,TopixPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2012 Getty ImagesBERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 05: A doctor speaks to a patient as a sphygmomanometer, or blood pressure meter, lies on his desk on September 5, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Doctors in the country are demanding higher payments from health insurance companies (Krankenkassen). Over 20 doctors' associations are expected to hold a vote this week over possible strikes and temporary closings of their practices if assurances that a requested additional annual increase of 3.5 billion euros (4,390,475,550 USD) in payments are not provided. The Kassenaerztlichen Bundesvereinigung (KBV), the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, unexpectedly broke off talks with the health insurance companies on Monday. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)