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[Preliminary information on data collection by the Health Insurance Fund]

GOSCHINÉ Mannó Mária

NOVEMBER 30, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(11)

[In February 1993, the National Directorate General of Social Insurance launched a comprehensive survey for the introduction of performance-based financing at health care providers, based on the data provision ordered by Article 24 (1) of Act LXXXIIV of 1992. The primary objective was to rotate the expenditure data at the specialised function level into the cash registers. (See below for the definition of cashier.) This allowed the health institution to say for itself what proportion of the amount available to it it wished to recover from which type of funding. This, of course, had to be done in accordance with the appropriate rules. (For example, anyone who did not have an agreement for a GP service could not take it up.) Activities in wards and departments. It was permissible to display the same activities in different departments and to display different activities with the same name and the same coding in different departments. For example, in internal medicine II: general internal medicine, cardiology, etc. ]

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