Lower Austria Health and Social Fund, AT

Lower Austria is characterised by regional disparities. There are regions with increasing population development in contrast to those where it is decreasing. The increasing life expectancy and the obsolescence of society influences many areas and is especially significant with regard to the health and social system. The Lower Austria Health and Social Fund (NÖGUS) is the central control and planning organisation of the Lower Austrian health care system and is a regional governmental organisation owned completely by the Province of Lower Austria (Land Niederösterreich). The Province is the owner of all hospitals in Lower Austria (in total 27) with the Landeskliniken-Holding as manager. Furthermore the Lower Austria Health and Social Fund is responsible for the implementation of the Austrian Structure Plan (ÖSG) and development of Regional Health Structure Plans (RSG) and specific health care structures.

The Lower Austria Health and Social Fund undertakes in-patient and out-patient planning with the medical council, national insurance organisations, representatives from hospitals and patients within the context of a Health Platform and is responsible for further development and control of the Austrian efficiency-oriented hospital financing model (LKF).

The systematics of demographic change influence many fields and are becoming increasingly relevant, with the result that the Lower Austria Health and Social Fund is highly interested in this topic. In particular the exchange of experience in the field of health care and social services is very important. Because of the different regional disparities in population density and demographic development in Lower Austria it is essential to look to other regions and see how they handle this problem.


Name: Judith Willert
Tel.: +43 2742 90610
E-Mail: judith.willert[ett]noegus.at
Website: www.noegus.at


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