Since 1989, the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection has annually transmitted medical and administrative data from Austrian hospitals to Statistics Austria. This is regulated by the Federal Act on Documentation in Health Care. On the basis of the data on inpatient stays, Statistics Austria annually compiles and publishes the Statistics on Hospital Discharges. Among other details, these statistics contain information on discharge diagnoses broken down by region.
In the reporting year 1997, a system of service-oriented hospital financing (LKF – Leistungsorientierte Krankenanstaltenfinanzierung) was introduced. The LKF system is based on the accounting of hospitals for service specific diagnosis flat rates. This nationwide uniform service documentation provides the basis for Statistics on Medical Procedures.
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