Health Care Management

Health Systems and Policies

The focus is on the description, analysis, and comparison of health care systems and reforms, as well as on the methodology of health systems research.

The purpose is to understand what influences consumer behavior in the German health care system, as well as health systems abroad, with particular attention drawn to countries in Central and Eastern Europe with social security systems. Special emphasis is placed on the emergence and impact of health care reforms and structures on patient care and the health status of the population. The role of the patient (associations) is explored through international comparisons.

The effects of the law, the internal market and the enlargement of the European Union on national health care systems (and institutions) are investigated, as are international comparisons of proposals for the future governance of national and European health policy.

The Department of Health Care Management also serves as the Berlin branch of the European Observatory on Health Systems.It is responsible for updating the Health System in Transition reviews for the Central European countries. These include Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. See HiTs.

The Observatory also publishes in-depth, international comparative analyses of key health policy areas. See:

International Cooperation (a selection):

  • the European Health Management Association (EHMA) on EU issues and as the host of the annual conference in 2004,
  • the World Health Organisation (WHO) in various sectors,
  • the World Bank on issues of privatization of health care institutions,
  • the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) regarding waiting times,
  • the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on social health reinsurance.
  • the International Social Security Association (ISS) on the sustainable design of health insurance systems.


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