Dirk Goepffarth

Dr. Dirk Göpffarth

Dr. Dirk Göpffarth will be a DAAD/AICGS fellow from March until May 2012. His research compares the approaches in Germany and the United States in achieving accessibility, affordability, and quality of health care through financial arrangements. With the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. is implementing a similar regulatory framework as in the German Statutory Health Insurance system. But both systems struggle to keep their health care systems affordable and, at the same time, achieve high quality in provision. Since there are no easy solutions to this, the potential for learning from best practices is substantial.

Dr. Göpffarth is on leave of absence from his primary position as head of the risk adjustment unit at the German Federal Social Insurance Office (BVA), a position he has held since 2001. He studied politics and economics at the universities of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Bonn, and he received his degree in economics at the University of Bonn in 1996 and his PhD in public finance at the Berlin University of Technology (TU Berlin) in 2000. Before joining the BVA, Dr. Göpffarth was head of the policy unit at the Ministry of Social Affairs in the state (Land) of Rhineland-Palatinate in Mainz.

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The €20 Billion Problem in Germany’s Statutory Health Insurance

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Health care policy experts in Germany are discussing a bizarre problem: What to do with €20 billion of accumulated reserves in the Statutory Health Insurance System? Of course, the availability of money creates the usual suggestions. Providers want their share of the cake through higher payments—for example, the chairman of the National… Read more >

Federalism At Work: The Health Care Act in the Supreme Court

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The recent Supreme Court hearings on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – President Obama’s landmark health reform – received widespread attention on both sides of the Atlantic. For most Europeans, it is incomprehensible why this reform became subject to such legal controversies, but as AICGS Resident Fellow Dirk Göpffarth argues, the legal issues are mostly concerned about the relationship of the federal level and the states – a typical conflict in a federal state.