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 many 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 Many students from the developing world with very limited incomes need to pay €357.48 (or $517 as of July 1) a month for health insurance. In some circumstances that charge can be lowered to a quarter of the sum or €89.37 (or $130 as of July 1).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

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


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