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      Implementing DRGs in Slovenia: why the Australian variant was selected.

      Australian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association

      Australia, Decision Making, Organizational, Diagnosis-Related Groups, classification, economics, Health Care Reform, organization & administration, Health Plan Implementation, Hospitalization, Humans, Inpatients, International Classification of Diseases, Interprofessional Relations, National Health Programs, legislation & jurisprudence, Organizational Innovation, Reimbursement Mechanisms, Slovenia

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          Slovenia is embarking on an ambitious health sector reform program, a small part of which involves implementing the categorization of acute inpatients by DRG for payment purposes. I summarise the leading DRG variants, and describe the process of selecting one of them. I argue that the Slovenian decision to use the Australian DRG variant as a starting point was sensible in terms of cost, speed of implementation, and usefulness of the resultant information. More time and effort could have been spent on the appraisal process, but I suspect it would not have led to a different outcome.

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