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Administrative Data from Germanys Statutory Health Insurances for Social, Economic and Medical Research


  • Günther Heller


This article gives a short description of administrative data sources from Germany’s statutory health insurances which are of potential interest for social, economic and medical research. After an introduction, the underlying legal regulations as well as the structure and contents for the most interesting databases are shortly described. Current and future accessibility of this data sources are discussed in the context of legal and data privacy protection issues. Aspects of data validity and completeness are provided for the different data sources. Additionally an up-to-date example from health care research using administrative data is given. Finally potentials and limitations of research using administrative data medical data from Germanys Statutory Health Insurances are put into perspective

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  • Günther Heller, 2009. "Administrative Data from Germanys Statutory Health Insurances for Social, Economic and Medical Research," Working Paper Series of the German Council for Social and Economic Data 122, German Council for Social and Economic Data (RatSWD).
  • Handle: RePEc:rsw:rswwps:rswwps122

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    1. Anne-Kathrin Last & Heike Wetzel, 2010. "The efficiency of German public theaters: a stochastic frontier analysis approach," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, vol. 34(2), pages 89-110, May.
    2. Ulrich Kaiser & Joachim Wagner, 2008. "Neue Möglichkeiten zur Nutzung vertraulicher amtlicher Personen- und Firmendaten," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 9(3), pages 329-349, August.
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    1. Rainer Schnell & Volker Stubbra, 2010. "Datengrundlagen zur Erwerbsbeteiligung von Menschen mit Behinderung in der Bundesrepublik," Working Paper Series of the German Council for Social and Economic Data 148, German Council for Social and Economic Data (RatSWD).


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