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Healthcare reform in Austria: Austrian health insurance fund established
On January 1, 2020, as a part of healthcare reform in Austria, the Austrian health insurance fund (Die Österreichische Gesundheitskasse (ÖGK)) was created by merging nine former regional health insurance funds. The ÖGK is based in Vienna.
With a volume of benefits of almost 15.3 billion euros and about 20,000 contractual partners, the Austrian Health Insurance Fund covers now the health care services of about 7.2 million insured.
Moreover, the negotiations between the Austrian health insurance fund and the Medical Chamber regarding the implementation of a new nationwide catalog of services for all health insurance physicians are planned to take place. The main goal is to develop a degree with the Medical Chamber regarding the care mandate and range of services, which is expected to be ready by 2024.
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