German Industry Demands More Thinking Time On Hybrid DRGs
Minister Lauterbach wary that returning COVID-19 will get in the way of health reform plans
The three-way German coalition that emerged from the 2021 general election has been steadily developing elements of its coalition agreement. A proposal on hybrid DRGs, intended to widen access to services in the outpatient sector, has prompted a white paper from industry.
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German health ministry plans to change how inpatient care is paid for and increase levels of ambulatory care have ignited a debate among industry and other stakeholders. The medtech industry gave its initial reaction to Medtech Insight.
DRGs are not doing what they were conceived to, ambulatory care needs more support and health care delivery across the country must be unburdened from bureaucracy, health minister Karl Lauterbach told the German hospital congress meeting during Medica 2022.
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