What is the health system

Health system

Synonym: healthcare

1 definition

The Health system In Germany includes all facilities with their employees who are responsible for health care, their financing or organization.

In Germany, health insurance companies, hospitals, resident doctors, medical supply centers, pharmacies and nursing services are part of the health system. The health care system aims to restore, promote and maintain health, as well as to prevent disease in the population.

2 costs

In 2013, around 315 billion euros were spent on health in Germany. That was an increase of around 12 billion euros or 4.0% compared to the previous year. The per capita costs were 3,910 euros (2012: 3,770 euros).

3 Germany in an international comparison

In its World Health Report, the World Health Organization compared the health systems of 191 countries and ranked them as follows: 1. France, 2. Italy, 3. San Marino, 4. Andorra, 5. Malta ... 9. Austria .. 18. Great Britain ... 20. Switzerland ... 25. Germany ... 37. USA.

In an international comparison, Germany has an above-average number of specialist staff. Around every ninth employee (approx. 4.2 million) works in the health system. This is due, among other things, to the separation of outpatient and inpatient care, which is unique in an international comparison, which means that significantly more staff is required.

see also:Medical services in Austria