The Directorate is of the opinion that it is necessary to ensure that
the main actors in the health service have a more uniform under
standing and interpretation of the objectives and areas of applica
tion of the system. The survey revealed that there is too much
variation in people’s understanding of the funding model.
Both the Directorate and the regional health authorities have an
independent responsibility for improving information and communi
cation to the various different parts of the health administration and
the executive services, to promote a more accurate understanding of
the workings of activity-based funding and the DRG system. It will be
necessary to target a more concerted effort in this area.
The Directorate inds that collaboration and measures in this
area could serve to create greater legitimacy and support on all
management levels in the sector. There is much evidence to sug
gest that the future success of the activity-based funding scheme
depends on much better clariication of the way the model works.
The Directorate would also like to state for the record that there will
always be the risk that the activity-based funding scheme, like any
other funding system, will have undesirable effects. It is therefore
especially important to acknowledge this fact and ensure the
necessary awareness of the problems in all management units.