An additional 428.6 million euros for health promotion and prevention

Study finds that: Through targeted interaction, federal, state, and social security authorities place more emphasis on prevention

Vienna (OTS) Public spending on health promotion and health prevention increased by 428.6 million euros between 2012 and 2016. This represents an increase of 21.3%, while health spending in Austria increased by 12.6% overall. This is the result of a study conducted by Gesundheit Österreich GmbH on behalf of the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Federation of Austrian Social Security Institutions and the Länder. It reflects an important goal of health care reform: Improving health care through health promotion and prevention measures.

2016 expenditure

  • In Austria, 70% of public health spending devoted to health promotion and prevention has been devoted to so-called tertiary prevention: medical rehabilitation: 948 million euros, health consolidation, health care and health care. medical care: 542 million euros, measures in favor of people in need of care (including acute and transitional care) 23, 3 million euros.
  • For secondary prevention, 290.8 million euros were spent. This includes checkups or benefits related to the mother-child pass.
  • In terms of primary prevention, expenditure amounted to € 296.6 million. These include measures to promote healthy lifestyles or the prevention of diseases and accidents, measures to prevent addictions and communicable diseases.
  • In the area of ​​health promotion, expenditure of € 69.8 million was reported, including health information / literacy, health-school measures or community activities such as: promoting health in cities and communities.

Development of issues from 2012 to 2016

  • The increase in spending in the area of ​​health promotion is disproportionate to 47.8% (22.5 million euros).
  • In the area of ​​primary prevention, expenditure also increased by 36.2% (78.9 million euros) compared to the average increase.
  • Secondary prevention shows an increase of 33.9% (73.6 million euros).
  • The most important nominal increase concerns tertiary prevention. Here, expenses increased by 22% (278.7 million euros).

The high proportion of tertiary prevention expenditures means that the majority of the expenditures collected (87.0%) were borne by social security funds. The federal government accounted for 5.5%, federal states 6.7% (including total expenditures in Vienna) and municipalities 0.7%.

Together for a lasting effect

Dr. Alexander Biach, president of the association, welcomes the direction of social security in this area: "Even excluding rehabilitation expenses, our facilities and programs account for nearly three quarters of all spending devoted Although we are at the center of the international market with these expenses, we still have to work together to exploit the untapped potential that will allow us to have more years of healthy life. It is only together that we can have a lasting impact. "

Targeted prevention is modern health care

"State-of-the-art health care must not only focus on optimizing health care, but also invest in prevention." The results of the study confirm the efforts we have made in recent years to to continuously strengthen and expand health promotion and prevention, "says Ingrid Reischl, Chair of the Speakers' Conference and President of the Vienna Regional Health Insurance Fund.

Effective use of funds

"The study shows that the interaction of the health promotion strategy with Austria's health goals and national action plans takes effect and that we are on the move. track, "said Magdalena Arrouas of the Federal Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection. "In the areas of nutrition, physical activity and the health of children and adolescents, we have been able to chart the path of health promotion and prevention. given the changing demographics and the increasing number of lifestyle-related chronic diseases. "

Federal states can say that projects and measures funded by state health promotion funds are also based on federal and state health promotion strategies. This would ensure targeted promotion and efficient use of funds.

The study is available at the Federal Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection and at the Hauptverband der österreichischen Sozialversicherungsträger:

Surveys and contact:

Mag. Katharina Antony (for information about the study)
Such. 01/51 561-241