Title: Interplay between in-patient reimbursement systems and healthcare technology management: the Austrian case

Authors: Marion Sabine Rauner, Michaela-Maria Schaffhauser-Linzatti

Addresses: University of Vienna, School of Social and Economic Sciences, Institute of Business Studies, Department of Innovation and Technology Management, Bruenner Str. 72, A-1210 Vienna, Austria. University of Vienna, School of Social and Economic Sciences, Institute of Business Studies, Department of Finance and Banking, Bruenner Str. 72, A-1210 Vienna, Austria

Abstract: First, we analyse the healthcare delivery system in Austria. We describe the old reimbursement system for in-patients that led to mismanagement and financial problems. Then, we characterise the new performance-oriented reimbursement system for in-patients and illustrate its interplay with medical technology management. We explain the external and the internal environment of hospitals that represent a framework for the management of healthcare technologies. Additionally, we show that reimbursement systems are medical technologies that impact on healthcare technology management. Finally, we summarise the benefits and problems of the new system.

Keywords: reimbursement systems for in-patients; management of healthcare technology; system dynamics; Austria.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHTM.2001.001102

International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 2001 Vol.3 No.1, pp.1-23

Available online: 30 Jun 2003 *

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