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Medical specialist assistant

The medical assistant includes a wide variety of areas such as disinfection, X-ray, surgery, ordination, autopsy, laboratory and plaster assistance. Qualified medical assistants (DMFA) work in ordinations, hospitals, spa and rehabilitation centers, laboratories and much more


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  • Official job title
  • Tasks and work areas
  • Solid education
  • How are the costs going to be covered?
  • Informative links
  • Legal basis

Official job title

Certified medical assistant (DMFA)

Tasks and work areas

The tasks of the medical assistant depend on the specialist areas completed in the course. The medical assistant is made up of at least three of seven specialist areas of disinfection, x-ray, surgery, ordination, autopsy, laboratory and plaster assistant or one of these specialist areas in addition to qualification as a nursing assistant or medical Masseur.

Solid education

The medical assistant training takes place at schools for medical assistant professions, comprises at least 2,500 teaching hours in three of the above-mentioned subject areas, including a subject-specific thesis.

Training as a nursing assistant or medical masseur as well as in at least one of the medical assistant professions listed above leads to specialist medical assistance. The job title “qualified medical technical specialist” is not to be equated with the “qualified medical specialist assistant”. According to the new Medical Assistant Professions Act (MABG), qualified medical-technical specialists are entitled to practice the assistant professions of laboratory assistants and X-ray assistants as well as medical masseurs (including the special qualifications of electrotherapy, hydro- and balneotherapy and basic mobilization).

How are the costs going to be covered?

The services of medical assistants are billed through the visit to the doctor or the hospital stay. You can find more information under The visit to the doctor - costs and deductibles and What does the hospital stay cost?

Informative links

  • Brochure health professions in Austria from the BMSGPK.
  • Information on health professions on the BMSGPK website.
  • Professional association DMTF / MAB Austria

Legal basis

You can find relevant laws in the Legal Information System (RIS):

  • Federal Act on Medical Assistant Professions and Exercise of Training Therapy (Medical Assistant Professions Act, MABG), Federal Law Gazette I No. 89/2012, as amended
  • Ordinance on training and qualification profiles for medical assistant professions (MAB Training Ordinance, MAB-AV), Federal Law Gazette II No. 282/2013, as amended

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