The fact that the district hospital st. Anna has once again made a loss is not really surprising. For years, the deficit has hovered around 500 million euros.000 euro mark. For a relatively small, municipal hospital whose goal is to provide basic health care, this is not unusual. In the last year, however, reveals the annual report presented tuesday to the hospital committee of the county council, has increased in st. Anna increases the deficit to 1.2 million euros. This corresponds to a doubling of the loss within one year.
Where other managers are in a state of anxiety, albert prickarz, head of administration at the hospital, remains comparatively relaxed. That may be because st. Anna is not dependent on a bank loan. The hospital is financed by the county. Relief from the district council is almost certain. But prickarz's peace of mind comes mainly from knowing the cause, which he believes was only temporary.
"The high deficit is due to the "surgery dent", says prickarz, referring to a sharp drop in surgical cases, which at the same time means a slump in revenue resulting from billing the health insurance companies. There had been about 140 surgeries too few, resulting in a hole of about 600.000 euros in the profit and loss account.