We are a sector work group and within the International Association of Controllers we are responsible for the Austrian health care system. Our work group was founded in Vienna in 2000 under the direction of Dr. Martin Reich. In the work group we soon realized that the tasks of the controlling departments of the Austrian health care, apart from some legal characteristics, does not differ significantly from those of the German and Swiss health care. This led to a cross-border cooperation between the health care work groups of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
We would like to focus on the proper use of information and complexity of the health care system. In Austria, the administration of the hospital with regard to medical, economic, technical and nursing care as well as the training of the medical / technical and nursing staff is the responsibility of the public hospitals. The training of the medical students and the management of the university clinics and clinical departments and institutes is the responsibility of the country within the framework of the medical universities. The controlling department is required to keep the costs under control in the stress field of complex command structures. We want to ensure the quality and satisfaction of our patients with considerations of minimizing costs.