Document Type : Commentary
Department of Health Sciences, Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Fulda, Germany
Activity-based payment systems enforce Israeli and German hospital professionals to continuously balance clinical and economic considerations. As argued this status quo is unsatisfactory due to two reasons. First, professional hybridity in hospital management is restricted to the physician versus manager dichotomy rather than a multifaceted-identity framework. Second, by depending mostly on serendipity rather than hospital professionals’ organizational leeway applied reconciliation strategies seem extremely temporarily and brittle. As concluded, alternative models of hospital funding and organization such as global budgets are urgently needed. In addition, hospital professionals have to be empowered to make effectively us from their hybrid identities.