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What market can the healthcare system tolerate? How much can it cost to cure illness, extend life, or relieve symptoms? How much can a new medicine cost? Where does Germany’s aversion to economic health assessments come from? And how do you integrate the patient perspective into economic health assessments? These questions are not new. But they come all the more so at a time when prices that could exceed the financial capacity of the German healthcare system for the foreseeable future are being charged for certain treatments. In this context, advanced therapy medicinal products (ITNs) are subject to special monitoring.

Health economic assessments can provide information on the appropriateness and reasonableness of reimbursement of costs by health insurance funds. “To date, however, we in the German healthcare system have avoided the debate about the cost of a treatment versus the benefits it provides,” said Jürgen Windeler, Director of IQWiG. “Especially in view of the rapid increase in the number of new extremely high-priced ATMs and the strained financial situation of health insurance funds, not only because of Covid-19, we will not be able to avoid responding to this question for a long time. And that is precisely why we want to discuss it at the 2021 Fall Symposium. “

The IQWiG Fall Symposium 2021 is titled “Healthcare Marketing – Time for Health Economic Assessments?” and will take place on Friday, November 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Cologne, Germany. Online registration is now possible.

In 2020, IQWiG had to cancel its annual fall symposium due to a ban on events following the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, the event will most likely take place. The number of participants allowed on site in Cologne is limited, but it is also possible to follow the presentations and discussions via livestream (passive participation only). All information on the program, location, hygiene measures and registration for the event, which is free, is available on the IQWiG website. Please note: the event will be held in German.


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