Dr. Dirk Göpffarth will be a DAAD/AICGS fellow from March until May 2012. His research compares the approaches in Germany and the United States in achieving accessibility, affordability, and quality of health care through financial arrangements. With the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. is implementing a similar regulatory framework as in the German Statutory Health Insurance system. But both systems struggle to keep their health care systems affordable and, at the same time, achieve high quality in provision. Since there are no easy solutions to this, the potential for learning from best practices is substantial.
Dr. Göpffarth is on leave of absence from his primary position as head of the risk adjustment unit at the German Federal Social Insurance Office (BVA), a position he has held since 2001. He studied politics and economics at the universities of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Bonn, and he received his degree in economics at the University of Bonn in 1996 and his PhD in public finance at the Berlin University of Technology (TU Berlin) in 2000. Before joining the BVA, Dr. Göpffarth was head of the policy unit at the Ministry of Social Affairs in the state (Land) of Rhineland-Palatinate in Mainz.
Made possible by the support of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt - AA)