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Wirtschaftsforum (Economic Forum)

Wirtschaftsforum (Economic Forum) 2021

You will find our livestream on 27 April here

The German hospital sector is at a crossroads – an ageing society and managing a global pandemic are set against a shortage of doctors and nursing staff. In the midst of this there is a discussion about a sharp reduction in the number of hospitals. Is a compromise possible between crisis security, optimal care and economic efficiency?

This question is the focus of ESB Business School’s Economic Forum (WIFO) on 27 April 2021 at 7 pm. The event will take place online and will be broadcasted live, so students and alumni from all over the world can attend.

The current situation:

A lot has happened in the German hospital sector since 1991. At that time there were approximately 2,500 clinics with approximately 650,000 beds. By 2017, the number of beds had decreased to 498,700, while the number of treatments per year rose during this period from 14,6 million treatments to approximately 19.5 million. In concrete terms, this means fewer beds in hospitals for more treatments per year.

According to the German Hospital Barometer, only 18 percent of hospitals rate their economic situation as good, while 45 percent described it as being rather unsatisfactory. Moreover, 40 percent of hospitals expect their economic situation to worsen in 2021.

As every year, the panel will be made up of experts from the worlds of politics, academia and business. We are pleased to have all areas equally represented at a high level to guarantee a discussion with different perspectives and opinions from all sides.

We are pleased to welcome virtually:

  • Prof. Dr Michael Bamberg – Chairman of the Management Board of the University Hospital Tübingen and Chief Medical Director
  • Franz Knieps – Member of the Management Board of the Association of Company Health Insurance Funds (Dachverband DKK) and former head of department in the Federal Ministry of Health for the area “health care, health insurance, long-term nursing insurance”.
  • Matthias Mohrmann – Member of the Management Board of the AOK Rheinland/Hamburg (statutory health insurance fund), member of the expert advisory board of the Federal Ministry of Health to support hospitals during the corona epidemic 
  • Siegmar Nesch - Executive consultant and coach at Nesch Consulting, former Vice-Chairman of the AOK Baden-Württemberg and ESB alumnus
  • Oliver Rong - Senior Partner in Pharmacy and Health Care at Roland Berger, former manager of strategic development at Asklepios clinics
  • Prof. Dr. Andrew Ullmann - Member of the German Bundestags, Chairman of the health committee for FDP (Free Democratic Party Germany), Professor for infectiology at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

The moderator will be Philipp von der Wippel, keynote speaker and founder of ProjectTogether, an innovation platform that initiated, for example, the hackathon #WirVsVirus.

This year’s Economic Forum is organised by a team of six ESB students. Marius Röger and Leonard Wolter (both IMX8) are responsible for acquisition of speakers, Valentina Baisch and Sarah Krüger (both IMX4) for marketing and Nils Zarn (also IMX4) and Caroline Ziegler (IMX2) for logistics and streaming.

The team of this year’s Economic Forum are looking forward to a wide audience and to welcoming you online for the first time to the Economic Forum.