Data

General Issues
Health
Specific Topics
Biomedical Research & Development
Regulatory Policy
Location
Lübeck
Schleswig-Holstein
Germany
Scope of Influence
name:scope_of_influence-key:citytown
Links
http://tinyurl.com/y2b5yu4s
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Total Number of Participants
19
Facilitators
Yes
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Staff
No
Volunteers
No

CASE

Lübeck Citizens' Conference on Health Care Modernization (Germany)

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General Issues
Health
Specific Topics
Biomedical Research & Development
Regulatory Policy
Location
Lübeck
Schleswig-Holstein
Germany
Scope of Influence
name:scope_of_influence-key:citytown
Links
http://tinyurl.com/y2b5yu4s
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Total Number of Participants
19
Facilitators
Yes
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Staff
No
Volunteers
No

Randomly-selected Lübeck citizens took part in a participatory citizens' conference where they deliberated how to modernize German health care in order to provide policy recommendations for the government.

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Problems and Purpose

The Citizens' Conference in Lubecker ("Lübecker Bürgerkonferenz") was planned by the "Institut für Sozialmedizin der Universität zu Lübeck" under the administration of Professor Heiner Raspe as a means of involving citizens in the process of modernization of the German health care system. Prioritisation identifies a certain order of priority and can happen secret or in public. The Citizens' Conference ensures the prioritization is carried out by the public and is transparent.

Background History and Context

Medical progress causes a big gap between "what is possible" and "what is "affordable". Not every medical achievement can be provided to every patient in the same way and an adequate dimension. Following the example of Sweden, where a mix of ethics and cost-efficiency, called prioritisation, is handled in answering the question, which medical treatment is essential and which is not essential, the German citizens should get involved in this process.

Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities

Participant Recruitment and Selection

Methods and Tools Used

This case used citizen conferences, which allow randomly-selected citizens to deliberate on policy in order to provide collectively agreed-upon recommendations to government. Then, the "government entity can then use these recommendations to better meet the needs of its citizens." [1]   

What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation

23 random citizens of Lübeck met on three scheduling dates to engage in the theme of health care in Germany. Afterwards they got the chance to meet several experts. Together they worked out the details of the "Bürgervotum", containing the guidelines for prioritisation.

Influence, Outcomes and Effects

Analysis and Lessons Learned

See Also

Citizen Conferences 

References

[1] https://www.aerzteblatt.de/archiv/80926/Luebecker-Buergerkonferenz-Ueber...

External Links

Lübeck Citizens Conference: Speaking about prioritization - Especially with the persons concerned 

The Economics of Resource Allocation in Health Care 

Notes

The original version of this case study first appeared on Vitalizing Democracy in 2010 and was a contestant for the 2011 Reinhard Mohn Prize. It was originally submitted by Andreas Hoffelder.

Lead Image: Lubeck Citizen Conference http://tinyurl.com/y2b5yu4s