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Funding for Hamburg Center for Health Economics extended

Federal Research Ministry awards EUR 2.1 million for expansion of research centre at University of Hamburg

The Hamburg Center for Health Economics (HCHE) is to receive funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for another four years. HCHE will get EUR 2.1 million to extend the center.

HCHE will put the funds towards research into health economics by 2020 and focus on hospital remuneration schemes and caring for dementia patients and the mentally ill. HCHE will also research whether amended laws such as a ban on selling alcohol at night can impact binge drinking among youths. A total of six projects will be implemented and two research groups set up.

Present issues in German health system

Prof. Dr. Dieter Lenzen, University President, said: “I congratulate the HCHE on this success. The interdisciplinary work with issues in the health system is of special, social importance. BMBF’s extension of funds is deserved recognition of the HCHE’s work hitherto and highlights the importance of health economic research at the University of Hamburg.”

The HCHE has been in existence since 2012 and is a joint research centre between the Faculty of Economics and Social Science, Faculty of Business Administration and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hamburg. More than 60 researchers are currently focusing on issues such as financing the health system, health economic evaluation, pharmaceuticals market, hospitals and doctors as well as population health.

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