[Introduction of the new DRG-based reimbursement system in German hospitals--a difficult operation? Experiences and possible solutions from the viewpoint of trauma surgery].

@article{Wilke2001IntroductionOT,
  title={[Introduction of the new DRG-based reimbursement system in German hospitals--a difficult operation? Experiences and possible solutions from the viewpoint of trauma surgery].},
  author={Michael Wilke and Eduard F J H{\"o}cherl and Jennifer M. Scherer and Laura Janke},
  journal={Der Unfallchirurg},
  year={2001},
  volume={104 5},
  pages={
          372-9
        }
}
Until recently the costs of patients in German hospitals have mainly been calculated according to the length of hospital stay. However, in December 1999, a dramatic change was announced in the social laws in the "Gesundheitsreform 2000." Beginning in 2003 a prospective payment system based on the classification of the "Australian Refined DRGs (AR-DRG)" will be introduced. DRGs are already used in quite a lot of industrialized countries and basically are "per case" payment systems that group… CONTINUE READING