Where the average citizen spent roughly 150 Euro for medical services in 1960, the medical system is costing them more than 3.500 Euro a year nowadays. This would be acceptable if the 26 billion Euro were invested in better medical treatments.
Covered up and denied: Every year, 3,000 people die from the consequences of medical errors in Austrian hospitals.
Life-threatening: After having completed a nightshift, surgeons make twice as many mistakes than when they are well-rested.
Alarming: One in ten people ends up in hospital simply because drugs were administered incorrectly.
Enterprising: While doctors’ fees and hospital expenses increased by 34 percent between 1997 and 2005, the pharmaceutical industry and doctors vaulted insurance companies’ expenses for medical drugs to a plus of 70 percent.
Unethical: The central insignia of chief physicians in the feudal hierarchies is the »right to liquidation«: the license to collect fees privately.
As a result, this invites corruption and promotes a two-tier medical system. And those with private insurance face the risk of being operated on unnecessarily. Record-breaking: With 3 out of 10 citizens, more people are admitted to hospital in Austria than anywhere else in the world – and half of these hospitalizations are unnecessary.