Heidelberg Health Economic Summer School

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 on September 14-18 in the Studio Villa Bosch in Heidelberg. The summer school will introduce health economics concepts and address practical issues faced by health care decision makers. It also includes an advanced module of an in-depth review of the strengths and limitations of the conventional approaches. For more information on the summer school, and to register for it, please refer to HESS-2020.



Next Open Seminar

Dr. med. Alric Rüther will be presenting on February 12, 2020.

Topic: Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in Europe - What´s Next?

Additional News

The DKFZ Division of Health Economics at the ISPOR European Conference in Copenhagen / Denmark (4 November 2019)

Poster Presentation - Cancer-related HTA outcomes by European HTA agencies: A comparative analysis of G-BA, HAS and NICE

Ramon Schaefer presented a project on health technology assessment (HTA) outcomes by national HTA agencies. These agencies have implemented different evaluation approaches, which may reflect variations in HTA outcomes as well as in decisions on recommendation. Against this background, the focus was on the comparison of matched condition-intervention pairs – in particular with regard to cancer treatments – by the German Federal Joint Committee (Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss, G-BA), the French Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) as well as the British National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Thus, the aim of the study was to explore the association between different methodological choices and discrepancies in HTA outcomes. Both results on matched treatment pairs overall as well as key findings on cancer-related HTAs by G-BA, HAS and NICE were presented during a poster session.


The DKFZ Division of Health Economics at the Conference "Defining the Value of Medical Interventions. Normative and Empirical Challenges". Fürth, Nuremberg (16-19 September 2019)

Oral Presentation - The dynamics between capability and wellbeing

Jasper Ubels presented an update of his research on the application of the capability approach (CA). Within the context of health economics, the capability approach is a framework of valuation that argues that in order to properly value the effects of new health technologies, it is necessary to measure the increase in opportunities, or freedom, that individuals get from the new technologies. One of the arguments for inclusion of this measure is because of its assumed effect on wellbeing. Currently it is, however, unclear under which conditions changes in opportunities and freedom relate to wellbeing in the context of the capability approach. In this presentation, Jasper provided an update on his research which provided an initial description of the dynamics between capability and wellbeing.
The conference was hosted by the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg and the Wilhelm Löhe University. Funding was provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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