German Healthcare

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Global Environment of Business Germany Healthcare Profile Healthcare in Germany has been relatively constant throughout history. The growth of the healthcare to what it is today can be found from the 19th century. During this time industry and an up growth of population came to Germany and this also was linked to the founding of the German National Union. This this growth of organized labor it began to be apparent that a form of health care needed to be found to keep the health of the workers. The Bismark model was founded shortly after. This model used an insurance program and those that provided the insurance were referred to as “sickness funds.” The money for this program was taken from the payroll. This was a national coverage so…show more content…
The system is organized into different categories. The primary healthcare is funded by the SHI. Most of the doctors work on their own. There is no requirements on who the population can see. There is a “family physician care model” that allows a continuity of care in the family and for the patients. The doctors are reimbursed on a fee based service from the sickness funds. Patients that are enroll into a disease prevention program will result in a refund to the physician. This promotes preventative health. Long term care is also provided for everyone and is mandatory. This is a mix of public and private insurance. There is a limit for the maximum amount that can be spent. End of life care is also provided similar to the American system. The disadvantages of the system is the discrepancy of prices on different regions. There is premium that can be high. Also, if there is a pre-existing condition then there can be supplemental premiums. They must always be paid even if there is unemployment, illness or any other difficult times. There is also no initiative for shorter hospital stays. They have longer stays in the hospital so that they get more of a reimbursement. There are also more drugs prescribed in Germany than most other countries. References: Altenstetter C. Health care in Germany. Available at:; No. 49. Accessed November 13, 2002. Busse, R., and M. Blümel (2014). “Germany: Health System
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