Healthcare in Austria

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Total health spending per capita, in U.S. dollars PPP-adjusted, of Austria compared amongst various other first world nations.

The nation of Austria has a two-tier health care system in which virtually all individuals receive publicly funded care, but they also have the option to purchase supplementary private health insurance. Some individuals choose to completely pay for their care privately.[1]


Austrian health care spending as a percentage of GDP for 1970 to 2007 compared with other nations

Healthcare in Austria is universal for residents of Austria as well as those from other EU countries.[2] Students from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland who are in possession of a valid national health insurance in their home country merely need the European Health Insurance Card.[3] So called self-insured students have to pay an insurance fee of EUR 52.68 per month.[3]

Care involving private insurance plans (sometimes referred to as "comfort class" care) can include more flexible visiting hours, occupying a private room, and receiving care from a private doctor.[1]

International comparisons[edit]

Austria's health care system was given 9th place by the World Health Organization (WHO) in their mid-00s international ranking.[1]

The city of Vienna has been listed as 1st in quality of living (which includes a variety of social services) by the Mercer Consultants.[1]


Infant mortality between 1960 to 2009 declined immensely in Austria.

Austria’s health care system was developed alongside other social welfare programs by the Social Democratic Party of Austria in Vienna (during its classical 'Red Vienna' period) initially.[4]

A hospital in Kittsee, photographed June 2006


  1. ^ a b c d Bondi, Susie (September 2009). "Austrian Health Care". Association of Americans Resident Overseas. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ The Austrian healthcare system Overview of how it works Accessed: 16 October 2011.
  3. ^ a b Austrian agency for international mobility and cooperation in education, science and research: National health insurance Retrieved: June 26, 2014.
  4. ^ Austria. European Observatory on Health Care Systems

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