Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Reimbursement

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_2971

Definition

Reimbursement in health care refers to the reimbursement of all types of health care services provided. Medical services and drugs in the ambulatory sector or in hospitals are reimbursed by the health insurance of a patient. The reimbursement may be 100% or lower according to the service received and the health insurance contract. If a patient is not fully reimbursed for a treatment or drug he has to make a direct payment or co-payment in order to fill the gap between the price of a service and the reimbursement.

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