Journal Article

Economic outcomes after heart valve replacement surgery in Germany

R. Bergemann and E. Müller

in European Heart Journal Supplements

Published on behalf of European Society of Cardiology

Volume 3, issue suppl_Q, pages Q70-Q72
Published in print December 2001 | ISSN: 1520-765X
Published online December 2001 | e-ISSN: 1554-2815 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1520-765X(01)90047-1
Economic outcomes after heart valve replacement surgery in Germany

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Sectional financing in the German health care and hospital system is one of the causes of suboptimal decisions in the field of heart valve replacement. Decisions are based on the impact made on hospitals' budgets and not on the direct and indirect lifetime costs associated with artificial heart valve implants. The current process of decision-making should be redefined in order to achieve the best results for the patient and for society as a whole.

Keywords: Financing; health care; heart valve replacement; inpatients; medical devices; outpatients; public health; sectional financing

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Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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