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The Deutsche Telekom group is to expand upon its health care division. Together with Hausärztlichen Vertragsgemeinschaft AG (HÄVG AG), a subsidiary of Deutschen Hausärzteverbandes e.V., Telekom wants to establish a data centre.

The new company, based in Cologne, will provide IT and payroll support for supply contracts, among other things, between general practitioners and statutory sickness funds. In the joint venture, Telekom takes the majority stake, with the AG HÄVG assuming the minority. The Bundeskartellamt (Federal Cartel Office), however, has yet to pass judgment on the move.

In several states, some 13,000 doctors serve almost three million patients in general practitioner contracts. On 1st January 2013, the HzV will initiate more contracts in North Rhine and Westphalia-Lippe and in Hesse.

Commentary: For the German Telekom, this cooperation is an important step for the extension of its group health business segment. Earlier this year, Deutsche Telekom had already increased its stake in IT services company HMM Deutschland GmbH. The company from Moers specialises in the networking of statutory sickness funds, for example in pharmacies, clinics, medical services and prosthetists.

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