WONCA Europe



National delegate (Europe Council member)
National Exchange Coordinator
C. Patrick Reichel (exchange@jamoe.at)
Young GPs organization website www.jamoe.at
Page last updated on December 9, 2014




Healthcare system


Healthcare system

The Austrian health care system is characterized by a high degree of fragmentation and is very hospital-centered. Financing of the out-patient sector is based mainly on compulsory public health insurance, the “sick funds”. Contributions are income - related payments. They cover approximately 99% of the population. For hospitals there are also tax subsidies from the regional governments. Some people have additional private health insurance, which play also a minor role in co-financing hospitals.

Most health insurance provide free access to contracted GPs and specialists of choice. GPs do not act as gatekeepers. Reimbursement for most medical services occurs directly between GP and regional sickness funds on a service related fee. Copayments for medications and medical devices are required. Most GPs work in single-handed practices. The relationship between GPs in the public system and private GPs is around 1:1.


Basic medical education (BME)

There are three public medical schools (Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck), one faculty of health is being installed at the University of Linz and will start its activities soon (2015). There are two private medical universities, one in Salzburg and one opened this year in Lower Austria.

The curriculum for BME is in continuous development. At the moment it consists of 5 years at the university and 1 clinical-practical year, with 16 weeks in each internal medicine, surgical-specialties and one or two specialties of choice.


Vocational training

General Practice in Austria is a vocational training with a minimum of three years. Training consists of at least 2,5 years in the hospital and additional 6 months in a primary care setting. A final examination is required for registration.

At the moment (summer 2014) the Ministry of Health is in the process of restructuring postgraduate training, which will most likely increase the amount of time spent in hospital.



In Austria there is no national strategy for enhancing infrastructure for research in general practice. There is a department for general practice at the Medical University of Vienna and one at the private university in Salzburg.


Organizations of GPs

ÖGAM (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Allgemeinmedizin, Austrian Society of General Practice and Family medicine)



JAMÖ (Junge Allgemeinmedizin Österreich, Young GPs in Austria) is a member organisation of the ÖGAM and was founded in 2006. Since then we have around 100  members. Our activities cover mostly advocacy, networking, international contacts/exchange and public relations.

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