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Aim of the Innovation Fund is an increase in quality of patient-centered care within the statutory health insurance. In the context of the “GKV-Versorgungsstärkegesetzt” the Federal Joint Committee (German: Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss; abbr.: G-BA) received the mandate to fund research and further development which contributes to a better and continuative patient-centered care.
The German Government launched for that reason the Innovation fund and provide 300 million Euros funding each year from 2016 to 2019.
The fund has two modules. 225 million Euros annually are provided for the development and permanent implementation of “New and Innovative Health Care Systems”. These new structures should lead to an improvement of inter sectoral patient-centered care. The module “Health Service Research” is funded with 75 million Euros annually and addresses the challenge to establish scientific basics for solutions of configuration, organization and financing of the public health system.