Public health in Austria is still strongly dominated by the medical profession. Physicians operate either in the clinical setting (in hospitals or private practice), are employed by one of the medical authorities operating at various levels of the health system, or work for health system stakeholders such as social insurance, universities or research institutions. Several work as school or occupational physicians.

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Investment in health equality early in childhood pays off in Austria

In Austria, early help to families with small children is proving a success. It is not only successful in reducing inequality in health, but is also a good investment. By investing early, the goal of Frühe Hilfen, as the programme is called, is to reduce the health inequality that starts in early childhood but often last through the lifespan.

Ministry of health

Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection
Radetzkystraße 2
Vienna A-1030
Tel.: +43 1 71100 644500, +43 1 711 00-4300

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Life expectancy at birth, in years (as of 2011)

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