A diagnosis is a prerequisite for targeted and successful treatment. This does not just apply to the work of doctors in surgery and in hospitals. Just as the precise description of a sick person’s symptoms leads to the correct diagnosis and appropriate therapy, statistical recording of the health status of the population serves as a basis for efficient, need-based health policy and targeted work in the field of prevention and health promotion. In this context, routine compilation of statistics performs an important function.

Causes of death statistics have a tradition in Austria dating back to the 19th century and provide important indicators for the health status of the population as well as key data for clinical and medical studies. The data obtained from causes of death statistics forms the basis for numerous scientific studies investigating geographical, demographic and socioeconomic variations in mortality for specific diseases. Research questions relate to the aetiology of diseases, the evaluation of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, to the investigation of health problems of specific groups and the identification of areas in which deaths may be prevented.

Cancer incidence (number of newly diagnosed cases of cancer per calendar year) is an important element of health reporting and serves as a basis for epidemiological research and for national and international scientific studies in the field of oncology. Comparison of cancer incidence and cancer mortality enables the success of health policy measures to be evaluated. The epidemiology of cancer incidence and cancer mortality plays a key role in health reporting. Data from the cancer registry and from causes of death statistics is also of major importance in the evaluation of screening programmes.

Since 1989, the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection has annually transmitted medical and administrative data from Austrian hospitals to Statistics Austria. This is regulated by the Federal Act on Documentation in Health Care. On the basis of the data on inpatient stays, Statistics Austria annually compiles and publishes the Statistics on Hospital Discharges. Among other details, these statistics contain information on discharge diagnoses broken down by region. In the reporting year 1997, a system of service-oriented hospital financing (LKF – Leistungsorientierte Krankenanstaltenfinanzierung) was introduced. The LKF system is based on the accounting of hospitals for service specific diagnosis flat rates. This nationwide uniform service documentation provides the basis for Statistics on Medical Procedures.

Health surveys have been conducted in Austria since the 1970s and are a vital source of data for information on the health status and behaviour of the population as well as on the utilisation of health care facilities. The current survey (Austrian Health Survey 2014) provides representative results for the Austrian population aged 15 and above.

A further component of health statistics is data on health care staff and facilities as well as social insurance facts that are relevant to health.

The results of the calculation of health expenditure in Austria enable the health care system to be viewed from an economic perspective and provide information on the financing of the Austrian health care system and on the use of this public and private funding according to health services and goods. In order to enable an assessment of the relative importance of health expenditure in the Austrian national economy and to ensure international comparability, health expenditure is calculated in accordance with the OECD System of Health Accounts methodology and shown in relation to the gross domestic product.

15.04.2022Austrian COVID-19 vaccination as well as recovery status differs by age, employment and educational levelPDF31 KB
09.03.202245% of the pupils, 83% of the teachers in schools and 84% of the university students had a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate at the beginning of FebruaryPDF30 KB
03.03.2022Approximately 9% of all deaths in Austria in 2021 due to COVID-19PDF40 KB
22.02.2022Austrian COVID-19 vaccination and recovery status depends on employment, educational level and agePDF31 KB
10.02.2022COVID-19 pandemic caused a significant rise in public current health expenditurePDF31 KB
27.01.2022Cancer in Austria 2019: 375 749 cancer patients and 41 775 new casesPDF29 KB
25.01.2022Significantly lower mortality rates among persons vaccinated against COVID-19 compared to unvaccinated personsPDF33 KB
28.12.2021COVID-19 vaccination status: 55% of pupils aged 12 and older and 86% of university students were immunised at the end of NovemberPDF30 KB
28.12.2021Formal education and employment increase COVID-19 vaccination ratePDF31 KB
20.12.2021Health risks at work: nine out of ten employed persons are at riskPDF76 KB
29.11.2021Hospital discharges in 2020: almost one fifth fewer inpatient stays than in 2019PDF30 KB
11.11.2021COVID-19 vaccinations: 84% of all employees of the Federal Ministry of the Interior are vaccinatedPDF32 KB
13.09.2021Memberships in sports clubs fell significantly between 2017 and 2020PDF31 KB
08.07.2021Live birth 2020: 30.1% were caesareans; 7.0% born preterm PDF71 KB
26.02.2021Approximately 7% of all deaths in 2020 due to COVID-19PDF41 KB
10.02.2021Current health expenditure amounts to €41.48 billion in 2019PDF31 KB
28.01.2021Cancer in Austria: 366 843 cancer patients, 42 219 new cases, 20 431 deathsPDF31 KB
21.01.2021Hospital discharges 2019: fewer and shorter inpatient staysPDF30 KB

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