Organization of health care services


Jul 2021

On June 30, 2021, the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System has approved the agreement of the Committee of designation of Centers, Services, and Reference Units (CSUR) for the designation of 21 new CSUR for seven pathologies, including ophthalmological diseases and the renovation of designation of six CSUR for adults with congenital heart disease. Read more


Apr 2021

According to the available financial results, published by the German Federal Ministry of Health, the German statutory health insurance companies reported a total deficit of around 2.65 billion euros in 2020. The health fund reported a deficit of 3.49 billion euros in 2020. As of January 15, 2021, the health fund's liquidity reserve was around 5.9 billion euros. Read more


Jun 2020

The application portal for inclusion in the directory of digital health apps (DiGA) at the Federal Office for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) has been online since May 27, 2020. The application, which can be submitted only electronically, is the first step for the respective health app to be reimbursed in the future as part of regular care. Read more


Jul 2018

On April 24th, during the last meeting of the Interterritorial Council, an agreement was reached to determine 22 new designated reference centers for the treatment of 14 pathologies. Read more


Jul 2018

The article published by Quentin et al in Health Policy describes payment models for hospital specialists in 8 countries, including England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. Very useful overviews on payment models, the proportion of self-employed vs employed by the hospitals, role of fee for service model is provided. Read more


Jan 2018

The current guideline replaces the previous version of the document of 2010. The Norwegian Directorate of Health decided to update the guideline because new methods of treatment and rehabilitation of stroke became avaliable in recent years. Read more


Nov 2017

Patients should not pay anything other than regulated out-of-pocket payments when they visit general practitioner or other healthcare professional, who have contract with public health authorities. Read more


Nov 2017

An international advisor group of 14 medical and health economic experts proposed 38 measures of how control the increase of healthcare costs in Switzerland. One third of the actions including the strengthening of HTA are already considered. The Swiss Federal Council now wants to develop concrete plans for the implementation of the new measures suggested in the report by the expert group, including global budgets for the outpatient sector, the introduction of medical boards, the encouragement of parallel imports of medical technology and implants and annual review of prices. Read more


Sep 2017

Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs engaged London School of Economics to undertake efficiency review of country’s social insurance system. Policy recommendations presented in the report include harmonisation of benefits (dentistry, non-medical services, medical aids and medical therapeutic devices), the introduction of an agency for quality assurance and modernisation of outpatient care. Read more


Jul 2017

Reinhard Busse et al. published article “Statutory health insurance in Germany: a health system shaped by 135 years of solidarity, self-governance, and competition” in the Lancet. Article provides valuable insights into history and current state of statutory health insurance system in Germany. Read more


Jul 2017

Finnish government is working on regional reform, which will be implemented from 2019-2020. In relation to health care system, the reform will introduce 18 countries, which will take over the organization and funding for health care from more than 200 municipalities and their collaborations. Read more


Jul 2017

The Government has given to the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) to see how much of the highly specialized care could be coordinated at the national level. The proposed model will be tested in autumn 2017 in two areas: the nervous system diseases and women's health and childbirth. These areas will be surveyed to see which individual care measures would be improved. Read more