Editorials

by General Manager Mag. Georg Ziniel MSc

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by Dr. Arno Melitopulos

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Our team

The team members at the WHO Collaborating Centre have long-term experience in pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement analysis in European countries and beyond and in-depth knowledge on medicines prices and methodology development.

Our staff:

Sabine Vogler

Sabine Vogler
Head of the Pharmacoeconomic Department
Head of WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies

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Dr Sabine Vogler is Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies affiliated to the Pharmacoeconomic Department at the Austrian Public Health Institute. Sabine Vogler is senior researcher and has expertise and in-depth knowledge about European countries with regard to pharmaceutical pricing/prices, reimbursement and distribution, as well as cost-containment reforms, access and affordability issues. She is/was the principal investigator of large projects including the PPRI (Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Information) project, the PHIS (Pharmaceutical Health Information System) project and a Study on enhanced cross-country coordination in the area of pharmaceutical product pricing. She published several articles, studies and reports. Before joining the Austrian Public Health Institute in 1995, Dr. Vogler worked at the Department of Social Policies at the Vienna University of Business Administration and Economics where she obtained her for her thesis on care for elderly people.

Claudia Habl

Claudia Habl
International Affairs and Consultancy, medicine Prices

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Ms. Claudia Habl is one of the founding members of the WHO Centre with a consulting role. Since 2016 she is in charge of International Affairs and Consultancy at the Austrian Public Health Institute and involved in a number of international projects, also – but not exclusively – in the field of pharmaceuticals. Recent projects include a contribution to the ongoing "Impact Assessment of Better Cross Country Coordination of HTA in Europe", "Recommendations regarding the Use of “Big Data” in the field of Public health and Telemedicine", involvement in the Joint Action on Health Information and consultancy work for WHO and the EU. She is also General Secretary of the European Medicines Price Database (EURIPID) Collaboration.

Ingrid Freiberger

Ingrid Freiberger
Assistant

Margit Gombocz

Margit Gombocz
Medicine prices, orphan diseases, cross-border care

Manuel Alexander Haasis

Manuel Alexander Haasis
Health Economist, Researcher

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Manuel Alexander Haasis is a health economist with a degree in economics from the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, and a master’s degree in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. He works as a researcher for the WHO Collaborating Center for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies affiliated with the Austrian Public Health Institute. Before joining the team, he was based in the Philippines where he worked with UNICEF on health financing strategies and universal health coverage, providing strategic guidance to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. He also worked for the Philippine Department of Health Pharmaceutical Division on price regulation of essential medicines, and economic evaluation of vaccines.

Bettina Heindl

Bettina Heindl
Head of Pharma Price Information Service

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Ms. Bettina Heindl has extensive experience in the analysis of pharmaceutical prices on European as well an international level. Since 2005 Ms. Heindl has worked at the Austrian Public Health Institute (Gesundheit Österreich GmbH) and she is an expert on pharmaceutical prices and medical devices. She is also a team member of the web-based platform on Austrian hospitals. Her Master’s degree is in Economics from the Faculty of Economical Sciences of the University of Applied Science in Wiener Neustadt. Additionally, she works as an Emergency Medical Technician on a voluntary basis. Because of previous employments she has extensive experience in project management and leadership.

Romana Landauer

Romana Landauer
Assistant

Monika Schintlmeister

Monika Schintlmeister
Assistant

Peter Schneider

Peter Schneider
Researcher

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Peter Schneider holds a degree in Economics and a Master degree in Economics of International Trade and European Integration. He works at the Pharmacoeconomics Department at the Austrian Public Health Institute (Gesundheit Österreich GmbH, GÖG) and is part of the Pharma Price Information (PPI) team and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies. Furthermore he is member of the Austrian Health Economics Association (ATHEA). He has experience in international and national research of pharmaceutical systems and has been involved in several studies. Currently, he is doing his PhD in the field of pharmaceutical policy analysis.

Nina Zimmermann

Nina Zimmermann
Researcher, project manager of the PPRI network, website, glossary, editor-in-chief, medicine prices

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Nina Zimmermann works for the WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies affiliated to the Pharmacoeconomic Department at the Austrian Public Health Institute. She has been working for the secretariat of the PPRI network (http://whocc.goeg.at/Networks/Organisation) at the Austrian Public Health Institute since 2009. Ms. Zimmermann was a key researcher in to major EU projects on pharma-economic issues (PPRI, PHIS) and other relevant projects at (inter-)national level in the pharmaceutical field (e.g. Pharma Policy Mix 2013). She organized the last PPRI Conferences in 2011 and 2015 in Vienna and is project co-ordinator of the WHOCC Summer School. She has experience in international, national and regional research of pharmaceutical systems and pharmaceutical policy analysis in the EU Member States. Nina Zimmermann has a master’s degree in Health Management from the University of Applied Science Krems, Austria. Furthermore she completed a master course on ‘European studies - Management of EU projects’ at the University of Applied Science Eisenstadt, Austria. She has also gained previously working experience in the fields of injury prevention and addiction prevention as well as international cooperation and research projects.

General Managers of Gesundheit Österreich:

Herwig Ostermann

ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Herwig Ostermann
current General Manager

Fotocredit: Foto Fayer

Georg Ziniel

Mag. Georg Ziniel MSc
General Manager 2011-2016

Arno Melitopulos

Dr. Arno Melitopulos
General Manager 2009-2011