Managing Hospital Volumes - analyses and policy options
Conference in Berlin, Germany on April 11, 2013Are German doctors performing too many operations? This question is the subject of a controversial debate.
Either way, the fact is: the caseload in hospitals is increasing. Some studies conclude that the dynamic nature of the volume increase currently seen in Germany cannot solely be explained by demographic development and medical progress, but is instead partly due to wrong economic incentives. Moreover, this trend is not unique to Germany, but largely shared by many other OECD countries.
As a contribution to the debate, the joint conference of the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in cooperation with Association for Social Security Policy and Research (GVG), will be analysing the trends and causes of this volume increase in the hospital sector at national and international level, and presenting policy responses from selected OECD countries, that may help to identify new approaches to limiting this upward trajectory in Germany.