Problems of Co-ordinating and Standardizing Information for the Monitoring of Primary Medical Care. The Case of Bavaria
Information systems in and about primary medical care have existed in the Federal Republic of Germany for some time and are now well integrated parts of the system itself. The purpose of this paper is to describe some recent trends in one important information system, namely the one that supports the remuneration of the medical services delivered by office-based physicians. This system is nowadays in transition with respect to two developments: the first is a shift from manual to EDP-based data processing; the second is the attempt to make use of the enormous amount of routinely and continuously produced accounting data for the purpose of monitoring cost-containment efforts. In the following, the term ‘information’ is used for any message that is transmitted between parts of the health care system, regardless whether its physical medium is a sheet of paper, a telephone call or a magnetic tape.
KeywordsDrug Prescription Health Expenditure Work Disability Prescription Form Primary Medical Care
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