Reforming Germany's Health Insurance System

Published 18 Jun 2007
Reference 5444
Region Europe
Summary

The case portrays the effort made by the German Grand Coalition (Christian and Social Democratic) government to change the country's notoriously reform-resistant statutory health insurance system and thus contain rising non-wage labour costs.

Teaching objectives

The objective of the case is to identify the variables that typically shape domestic policy decisions in Germany and to explore to what extent a Grand Coalition government comprising the country's two biggest political parties can circumvent the obstacles that generally make radical changes in German public policy difficult if not impossible.

Keywords
  • RD0507
  • AR2007
  • AR0607
  • European Competitiveness
  • Europe
  • IAF