The increasing role of GPOs in the hospital environment / Sachkostenentwicklung und Bedeutung von Einkaufsgesellschaften im Krankenhausumfeld
Expenditure on health in Germany has risen considerably in recent years. Inpatient care in hospitals accounts for EUR 73 billion of these costs. In this environment, purchasing companies are becoming increasingly important, since they can reduce material costs in hospitals by up to 15%. This is not insignificant, since more than 40% of hospital spending goes to material costs. To increase their attractiveness in the future, purchasing companies will have to offer a broader range of services. These are the key findings of this study.
"German hospitals have been facing rising costs for years, and this trend will continue in the future," says Oliver Rong, Partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. "This is because demographic change and political regulations are constantly driving hospitals' material costs up." Roland Berger experts are predicting that material costs, at about EUR 39 billion in 2010, will rise to over EUR 50 billion in 2016. In the battle to cut costs, purchasing companies are playing a bigger role.
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