The project P4P applies experimental economic methods to study the behavior of actors in health care, particularly of independent physicians. Understanding and even predicting their behavior allows for well-founded policy recommendations on how best to increase competition in the health care system. By conducting laboratory experiments not only with student subjects but also with physicians themselves, a thorough understanding of physician preferences can be achieved.
The project RAHI analyzes insurer competition under premium regulation. A risk adjustment scheme was introduced in Germany in order to eliminate or mitigate risk selection by insurers. Risk adjustment ensures fair competition and fosters the efficient provision of health care. The project’s objective is to identify the optimal risk factors for the risk adjustment scheme.
The project CLTC considers the German market for inpatient long-term care. This segment of the German health care system has received little attention from health economics researchers so far, despite the importance it is imparted by an ageing population. Research here focuses on issues of price elasticity of the demand for inpatient long-term care and on the effect of different ownership structures for the price of long-term care.
In spring 2015 the research project “Demographic change in the EU, the oldest-old and the need for innovative models of more efficient elderly care” was launched with Prof. Martin Karlsson as the principal investigator. The three-year project is a collaboration of the research centres CINCH and RWI and is funded by the European Investment Bank with about 300,000€.
The research focus is on projections of the future demand for elderly care and the associated costs, evaluations of recent reforms of European long-term care systems as well as on the effects of population ageing on morbidity, labour market participation and the choice between formal and informal care.