Today’s German healthcare system was founded in 1883 as part of Chancellor Otto von Bismarck’s social legislation.
Mandatory health insurance has gradually expanded to cover the great majority of the German population. Standard insurance is funded by a combination of employee contributions, employer contributions and government subsidies on a scale determined by income level. Higher-income workers sometimes choose to pay a tax and opt-out of the standard plan, in favor of ‘private’ insurance. The latter’s premiums are not linked to income level but instead to health status.
Healthcare and the issue of pre-existing conditions have continued to be key topics during this year’s 2020 US election campaign.
Prof. Tsilimparis will outline the German system, then make comparisons to the U.S. Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) enacted in 2009.
Prof. Nikolaos Tsilimparis has served as the Head of the Vascular Surgery Department at the Uni Klinikum in Grosshadern since September 2018. Previously he was Deputy Head of Endovascular Aortic Surgery (2015-2018) and Consultant (2013-2015) at the Hamburg Heart and Vascular Center in Eppendorf; Staff Surgeon in Department of General, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery at Charité Medical University in Berlin (2011, 2012-2013); and Clinical Research Fellow in the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta GA (2011-2012). From 2007-2011 he served in positions at the Charité Medical University in Berlin. He completed his medical studies (1998-2004) at the Medical School, Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece and is a native of Corfu, Greece.