Ethics and Economics in the Health Care System

March 4 and 5, 2024
Halle (Saale)


Core Conference and local organization: Prof. Dr. Amelie Wuppermann
Program: Prof. Dr. Hendrik Schmitz

+ Health Economics + Health Policy + Health Systems + Health Services +

Online registration was open from December 18, 2023 to February 19, 2024. In addition, registration is possible directly on site at the box office.

Recent schedule


Hints for speakers

Greeting of the Conference President

I look forward to welcoming you to the 16th Annual Conference of the German Society for Health Economics on March 4 and 5, 2024 at Martin Luther University in Halle. The core topic of the conference "Ethics and Economics in the Healthcare System" is intended to stimulate an interdisciplinary discourse on allocation and financing issues in the healthcare system. The international keynote speeches by bioethicist Prof. Kristina Orfali (Columbia Medical Center, New York) and philosopher and economist Prof. Daniel Hausman (Rutgers University) and a panel discussion on organ donation and transplantation will provide inspiration for this. I am already looking forward to an exciting discussion moderated by Dana Bethkenhagen (Tagesspiegel) on the “Widerspruchsregelung” (Opt-out-system) and much more with Manfred Lucha (Minister for Health Baden-Württemberg), Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Girndt (UK Halle), Prof. Dr. med. Wolfram Henn (Saarland University and German Ethics Council) and the dggö Chairwoman Prof. Dr. Annika Herr (Hanover).

Amelie Wuppermann

I would further like to take this opportunity to thank Prof. Dr. Hendrik Schmitz (University of Paderborn) for coordinating the review process and putting together an exciting program that you can look forward to!

Prof. Dr. Amelie Wuppermann, Conference president


Monday, 4. March 2024

from 08:00 Registrations (Löwengebäude)
09:00 - 10:15 Committee Meetings (Melanchthonianum)
Coffeebreak (Melanchthonianum)
10:30 - 12:00 Opening Plenary with Keynote Prof. Orfali (Audimax)
Lunch Break (and Poster) (Löwengebäude)
13:10 - 14:30 Lecture Sessions A (Melanchthonianum)
14:30 - 15:30 Poster session and coffee break (Melanchthonianum)
15:30 - 16:50 Lecture Sessions B (Melanchthonianum)
17:00 - 18:00 Assembly minutes (Audimax)
19:00 - 00:00 Evening event with awards ceremony (Steintor Variete)

Tuesday, 5. March 2024

from 08:00 Registrations (Löwengebäude)
08:30 - 09:50 Lecture Sessions C (Melanchthonianum)
10:00 - 11:00 Keynote Prof. Hausman (Audimax)
Coffeebreak (Melanchthonianum)
11:25 - 12:45 Lecture Sessions D (Melanchthonianum)
Lunch Break (and Poster) (Löwengebäude)
13:50 - 15:10 Lecture Sessions E (Melanchthonianum)
15:20 - 16:30 Farewell plenum with panel discussion on the topic of organ donation (Audimax)

Child care during the conference

Together with the Family Office of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, we offer professional childcare during the conference at a contribution of 10 €/day. To register for childcare, please contact Geschäftsstelle of the dggö by 10.1.2024 at the latest.

We would like to facilitate a pleasant atmosphere for all participants through a common Code of Conduct. An agreement is required from all participants of the conference.

Keynote Speakers

Daniel Hausman

Daniel Hausman, Rutgers University

Further information

Dr. Daniel M. Hausman is a Research Professor in the Center for Population–Level Bioethics (CPLB), Department of Health Behavior, Society and Policy at Rutgers University. He is also a faculty member within the Rutgers Department of Philosophy. Dr. Hausman was educated at Harvard, Cambridge, and Columbia Universities and taught at the University of Maryland, Carnegie-Mellon University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research addresses issues at the boundaries between economics and philosophy and currently focuses on the ethical appraisal of using cost-effectiveness information to guide health policy. Dr. Hausman is a co-founder of the journal Economics and Philosophy, and his most recent books are Valuing Health: Well-being, Freedom, and Suffering (2015), Economic Analysis, Moral Philosophy, and Public Policy (with Michael McPherson and Debra Satz, 3rd edition 2017), and How Health Care Can Be Cost-Effective and Fair (2023).

Kristina Orfali, Columbia Medical Center

Further information

Kristina Orfali is a Professor of Bioethics in Pediatrics at Columbia Medical Center, as well as a clinical ethicist and a member of the NY Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital Clinical Ethics Committee. Trained in France at the Ecole Normale Superieure and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, she holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Before joining CUMC she has been an Assistant Professor in Medicine and Associate Director at the MacLean Center for Clinical Ethics at the University of Chicago and a Research Scholar at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) at Columbia. Her research and publications span a variety of ethical issues. She has published work in a cross-cultural perspective on patient's hospital experiences, on clinician and family decision-making and on neonatal ethics. Her more recent work focuses on ethical dilemmas, subjective risk assessment and international variations in neonatal prognosis with a particular emphasis on the links between decision theory and empirical results. Finally, she has published several comparative papers (USA-Europe) on the ethical issues raised by patient ‘triage’ during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Daniel Hausman

Panelist of closing plenary

Matthias Girndt

Matthias Girndt

Direktor der Klinik für Innere Medizin II sowie des Nierentransplantationszentrums des Universitätsklinikums Halle
Wolfram Henn

Wolfram Henn

Leiter der Genetischen Beratungsstelle am Institut für Humangenetik der Universität des Saarlandes, Mitglied des Deutschen Ethikrates
Annika Herr

Annika Herr

Professorin für Gesundheitsökonomie an der Leibniz Universität Hannover, Vorsitzende der dggö
Manne Lucha

Manne Lucha

Minister für Soziales, Gesundheit und Integration Baden-Württemberg

Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg

The conference takes place around the University Square in Halle (Saale) - with events taking place in Audimax (Universitätsplatz 1), Löwengebäude (Universitätsplatz 11) and Melanchthonianum (Universitätsplatz 9).


06108 Halle (Saale)

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Conference Fee

Early Bird (18.12.2023 - 10.01.2024) Late (11.01.2024 - 19.02.2024) Ticket office
Members 160 € 200 € 250 €
Non-members 325 € 400 € 500 €
Student (Members) 80 € 110 € 150 €
Studend (Non-members) 160 € 190 € 230 €
Evening Event 50 € 60 € 70 €
If the evening event cannot take place due to an official event ban, the amount for the evening event will be refunded. If you cancel from the evening event by February 19, 2024, 100% of the costs will be refunded. If you cancel from the conference by January 10, 2024, 100% of the conference fee will be refunded; if you cancel by February 19, 2024, 50% of the conference fee will be refunded. VAT included 19%.

Evening Event & Accommodation


Accommodation can be found here via the city of Halle.

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Evening Event



Am Steintor 10, 06112 Halle (Saale)

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