Zukunft im Turm

Can we afford an ailing health system?

Univ.-Prof. DDr. Wolfgang Graninger

13 October 2015


In international terms, Austria’s health system performs very well. Nevertheless, Austrians who need the system often face major challenges and feel overwhelmed by its complexity.

In autumn, Professor Wolfgang Graninger gave his views on various topics related to healthcare in Austria, including the question of whether we can afford an ailing health system.

"Zukunft im Turm": Can we afford an ailing health system? with Univ.-Prof. DDr. Wolfgang Graninger. © Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein/APA-Fotoservice/Tanzer

Wolfgang Graninger is a specialist in infectious diseases, emeritus lecturer at the Medical University of Vienna and head of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at Vienna General Hospital.

“The Austrian health system isn’t ailing, but it is paralysed. One consequence of this is a two-tier health system, not least because of the low salaries paid to doctors. So the introduction of excesses is inevitable.”