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The DRG reimbursement system in Germany.
Tiemann O, Busse
The Statutory Health Insurance Reform Act of 2000
introduced a new system of reimbursement based on an internationally
used system of Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs). This represents the
most significant reform in the German hospital sector since the system
of dual financing was introduced in 1972. The primary motive for
fundamentally reforming the old reimbursement system based on per diem
charges was to engender a more appropriate allocation of resources
under DRGs. The step-by-step implementation of the system also
represents an innovative approach to implementing policies and legal
provisions, as the legislation has defined only the goals and tasks,
as well as the time-frame and roles of the different players -
reflecting the fact that this is a ‘learn as you go system'.