As part of hospital reform, Germany’s federal minister of health, Hermann Gröhe, a Christian Democrat, wants to change how some 2,000 clinics and hospitals in Germany are compensated. His demand comes in response to criticism by health insurance companies that hospitals have long manipulated existing laws to inflate prices.
In Germany, the Institute for Hospital Remuneration System is the organization responsible for determining compensation rates. Mr. Gröhe said that in the future, the body “can make a representative sample” of participating hospitals so that drops in material costs are reflected in price calculations. The details would be decided by a working group of federal states that will present key points on hospital reform this fall.