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[The evolution of hospital financing in international comparison]

ENGELBERT Theurl

NOVEMBER 30, 1994

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1994;4(11)

[Austria's problems with its hospital funding system are far from unique. Almost all industrialised countries have fundamental weaknesses in their financing systems. In the following short article, as an introduction, we address the primary question of whether health care systems, and hence hospital systems and in particular their financing systems, are converging internationally over time. We will also address the influence of different factors (such as hospital financing systems) on the level of health expenditure.]

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