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Financing German Health Care

Former DAAD/AICGS fellow Dr. Dirk Göpffarth of the German Federal Insurance Office in Bonn, Germany and Klaus-Dirk Henke of  the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, recently published a report entitled “The German Central Health …

Access, Quality, and Affordability in Health Care in Germany and the United States

Despite dramatic differences in the history of their health care systems, the United States and Germany face similar challenges in improving the quality of care while simultaneously expanding access and …

The €20 Billion Problem in Germany’s Statutory Health Insurance

Health care policy experts in Germany are discussing a bizarre problem: What to do with €20 billion of accumulated reserves in the Statutory Health Insurance System? Of course, the availability …

Federalism At Work: The Health Care Act in the Supreme Court

The recent Supreme Court hearings on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – President Obama’s landmark health reform – received widespread attention on both sides of the Atlantic. For most Europeans, it is incomprehensible why this reform became subject to such legal controversies, but as AICGS Resident Fellow Dirk Göpffarth argues, the legal issues are mostly concerned about the relationship of the federal level and the states – a typical conflict in a federal state.