A major branch of health economics is concerned with the study of how scarce healthcare resources are allocated among competing health care programs and, by implication, among different groups in society. In health economics, tools such as cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) are often used to inform decision makers. Conventionally, CEA is designed to help achieve the maximum potential health benefits given a resource constraint or "scarcity". Results of conventional CEAs may, however, contradict prevailing social norms and preferences. The Summer School addresses the underlying issues by introducing and reviewing concepts and methods divided into two modules: basic and advanced. Taken together, these two modules offer a comprehensive overview of principles and methods, but they may also be taken separately.

The Basic Module of the Summer School introduces basic concepts of health economics and addresses practical issues faced by health care decision makers responsible for allocating scarce resources. One of the main objectives of the Summer School is to bring together different stakeholders, such as payers, physicians, policy makers, representatives from the industry and academy, and others who are involved in different segments of the health care system. The Basic Module was created with the objective of giving those without previous knowledge of health economics the tools to comprehend key issues. These issues include potential implications for cost value assessments of orphan medicinal products and advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs).  

The Advanced Module includes an in-depth review of the strengths and limitations of the conventional approaches, where both participants and speakers with different backgrounds are able to discuss implications, potential solutions, and ways forward. Every year a different topic that affects the way decisions are made in the healthcare sector is discussed, and a group of recognized speakers from the academy and the industry is invited to present and discuss current theory and practice, including examples of the most up-to-date problems faced by the healthcare sector.

Health Economics Summer School 2020 - HESS 2020

The German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) Division of Health Economics is delighted to invite you to the Heidelberg Health Economics Summer School 2020. It will take place the third week of September in the Studio Villa Bosch in Heidelberg.

Further details will be announced soon.

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For additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us (Dr. Karla Hernandez-Villafuerte, k.hernandezvillafuerte@dkfz.de / Ramon Schäfer, ramon.schaefer@dkfz.de).

Health Economics Summer School 2019 - HESS 2019

The German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) Division of Health Economics in collaboration with Hochschule Heilbronn and University of Heidelberg organized the Heidelberg Health Economics Summer School 2019. It was held at the Studio Villa Bosch in Heidelberg during the first week of July 2019.

In the Summer School 2019 the need for broader or alternative concepts that capture citizens’ social norms and preferences and the search for alternatives were the focus of the discussion. Potential implications for cost value assessments of orphan medicinal products, gene and CAR-T cell therapies, and “personalized medicine” were addressed by a group of international experts in Health Technology Assessment, evidence-based medicine, health economics, and medical ethics.

International speakers

We invite you to take a look of some of the photos from the HESS 2019

For more information, please visit the official website of the Summer School 2019.

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