Reforming Germany's Health Insurance System (Background Note)

Published 06 Jan 2007
Reference 5444
Region Europe
Length 6 page(s)
Language English

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.

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