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Speakers: J.-Matthias von der Schulenburg, Emile Stipp
It is a well-known phenomenon that the costs for health care have increased much more than the GDP or the general inflation rate. One component of the health care cost increase is medical inflation. Obviously, medical inflation is an important factor for calculating premiums and trends in health insurance. But what is medical inflation? And what do we know about it? There is quite a large number of publications on medical inflation. However, serious empirical research on medical inflation is rare. The presentation describes the various definitions of medical inflation, presents an international comparison and tries a prediction on medical inflation in future.