Medical Treatment and its Implications on Costs. An Analysis with Process Data from the German Statutory Health Insurance

  • B. Häussler
  • K. Jacobs


While controlling and limiting costs in the health sector has become an increasingly important issue in many industrialized countries, detailed knowledge of both the extent and the distribution of health costs (such as costs per person, or costs per case of illness, or total costs of a particular disease within a certain period of time) is very often not available. Given the limited economic resources, however, there is no doubt that economic aspects are becoming more and more important in the evaluation of medical treatment. In 1986, the total health expenditures in the Federal Republic of Germany (including those on prevention, health care, labor accidents, and disability to work) reached the mark of 200 billion DM, i.e. more than 10% of the GNP. About 60% of this total being financed by the statutory health insurance system.


Direct Cost Statutory Health Insurance Total Health Expenditure National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey Milbank Memorial Fund 
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  • K. Jacobs

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