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Integrated care in Germany – a stony but necessary road!

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Volker Amelung ,

DE
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Professor for international healthcare systems research, Medical University of Hannover, President, German Managed Care Association (BMC), Bundesverband Managed Care e.V., Friedrichstraße 136, 10117 Berlin

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Sascha Wolf,

DE
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Managing Director, German Managed Care Association (BMC), Friedrichstraße 136, 10117 Berlin

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Helmut Hildebrandt

DE
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CEO, OptiMedis AG, Borsteler Chaussee 53, 22453 Hamburg
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Abstract

German healthcare provides a very comprehensive benefits catalogue, high quality standards, low access barriers and in particular healthcare which is independent from one's income. But at the same time it is one of the most expensive systems in the world. Reasons for the high costs of care are mainly due to the separation of the outpatient, inpatient and rehabilitation sectors, the poor information flow between the service providers and insufficient competition in healthcare provision. In the last 15 years the German government has introduced various reform acts and in doing so has followed a continual path of development: more competition for care concepts between health insurances, more options for the insured and more leeway for players in the various sectors of healthcare. The following article gives an overview of new forms of contracting that have been introduced and provides recommendations for the further development of integrated care in the German healthcare system.

How to Cite: Amelung V, Wolf S, Hildebrandt H. Integrated care in Germany – a stony but necessary road!. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2012;12(1):None. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.853
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Published on 30 Mar 2012.
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