[Various scenarios for billing and remuneration of preoperative management of iron deficiency anemia in the German healthcare system]

Anaesthesist. 2019 Aug;68(8):540-545. doi: 10.1007/s00101-019-0632-9.
[Article in German]


More than 30% of all patients undergoing surgery suffer from preoperative anemia. Iron deficiency anemia is the most common type of anemia. The diagnostics and treatment of iron deficiency anemia can be carried out before patients undergo surgery as an alternative to blood transfusion and is an interdisciplinary task. This article gives an overview of various billing modalities and payment arrangements for management of preoperative anemia in the German healthcare system.

Keywords: Anemia management; Compensation for outlay; Iron deficiency anemia; Parenteral iron therapy; Patient blood management.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anemia, Iron-Deficiency / therapy*
  • Blood Transfusion
  • Delivery of Health Care / economics*
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Preoperative Care / economics*
  • Remuneration