Volker Eric Amelung

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German healthcare provides a very comprehensive benefits catalogue, high quality standards, low access barriers and in particular healthcare which is independent from one's income. But at the same time it is one of the most expensive systems in the world. Reasons for the high costs of care are mainly due to the separation of the outpatient, inpatient and(More)
BACKGROUND Over the past few years, students in Germany have been dropping out of medical school at increasing rates, and the number of physicians choosing to work abroad or in non-medical professions has been growing. A recent study (the "Ramboll Study") commissioned by the Health Ministry concluded that German physicians' dissatisfaction with existing(More)
Our study assesses how work-related monetary and nonmonetary factors affect physicians' job satisfaction at three academic medical centers in Germany and the United States, two countries whose differing health care systems experience similar problems in maintaining their physician workforce. We used descriptive statistics and factor and correlation analyses(More)
The German Health Care System is in substantial change. New structuring of services and processes of care are necessary, particularly to meet the complex requirements of the ever-increasing chronic illness and multimorbidity. The main deficits and strategies of improvement can be pointed out clearly by illustrating the situation of palliative care, which is(More)
In 1993 Germany joined the small but swelling ranks of societies determined to explore managed competition as a means of slowing the growth of health spending by giving stakeholders new incentives for efficiency. Realizing the benefits of competition, however, demands changes in institutional norms and regulatory practices that now largely handcuff those(More)
In many countries with highly developed health care systems, significant improvements in end-of-life care are strongly recommended. Up to the present, the assessment of perceived deficits predominantly reflects the point of view of experts in the palliative and hospice movement, with very little being known about the perspective of other professionals. The(More)
The differences in the number and duration of hospital stays of cancer patients in an advanced stage of disease were to be examined with regard to the most frequent cancer diagnoses. Therefore, routinely compiled data of the largest health insurance company in the State of Lower Saxony, Germany, were analysed. Patients with lung, colon, breast and prostate(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the widespread use of branding in nearly all other major industries, most health care service delivery organizations have not fully embraced the practices and processes of branding. PURPOSES Facilitating the increased and appropriate use of branding among health care delivery organizations may improve service and technical quality for(More)
Experts from different areas strongly criticize the current level of palliative care in Germany, both inpatient and home care services. Apart from the experts' opinions, little is known in this context about the perspectives of hospital doctors working in different disciplines, such as surgery, internal medicine, gynaecology or anaesthesia. These doctors(More)