Health care is of considerable economic importance in many respects. Apart from the individual benefit of health, the output of health services essentially maintains the productivity and performance of the entire economy. Moreover, health care organizations have a significant effect on employment and value-creation.
Currently, the rising costs of health care are playing a leading role in the public perception. Due to demographic changes the proportion of people who require extensive and long-term medical care, is increasing while advances in the medical field and medical device technology are growing continuously. It requires considerable social resources to provide adequate care for people affected by severe and chronic diseases aiming to enable a relatively healthy life. It is a matter of social and ethic responsibility to pick up on the available resources in the most efficient and effective way to maintain health care for the total population by also taking the balance between costs and benefits into account.
The research area of the department covers management, economics and health sciences issues whereas the projects focus on the efficient and effective use of resources in health care. Therefore the primary aim isto analyse concepts on the bases of empirical evidence to improve the performance of health systems.