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 WHO Collaborating Centre, Program Coordinator for Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmaceutical Policy Analysis

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Dr Sabine Vogler is Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies affiliated to the Health Economics Department at the Austrian Public Health Institute. She is senior researcher and coordinator of the Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmaceutical Policy Analysis Program in the Health Economics Department. Sabine Vogler 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, and she manages the on-going PPRI network. She published several articles, studies and reports. Before joining the Austrian 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
Deputy Head of the Health Economics Department

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Ms. Claudia Habl is head of the Department of Health Economics at the Gesundheit Österreich GmbH (GÖG/ÖBIG). She is a senior health economist and involved in a great number of international pharmaceutical projects including the Austrian Pharmaceutical Price Information Service, EMINet (European Medicines Information Network) or and the European Price Databank (EURIPID) and works as a consultant for the European Union and the World Bank. She is author of a number of international publications in the field of pharmaceuticals and other topics like gender-health and health technology assessment and has participated in several World Bank missions in the field of pharmaceuticals. In addition she heads the Austrian Medical Devices Register and is a Member of the Austrian Independent Pharmaceutical Commission (UHK).

Ingrid Freiberger

Ingrid Freiberger
Assistant

Margit Gombocz

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

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 Health Institute (Gesundheit Österreich GmbH). First she worked at the Department of Health-care Planning and then changed to the Department of Health Economics, where she is an expert on pharmaceutical prices and medical devices. She is also a team member of the web-based platform on Austrian hospitals. At the moment her main projects are the translation of the GMDN-Code from English into German in collaboration with Germany and Switzerland, as well as the EU project "Infoprice" where different prices from all EU countries and Switzerland are compared regularly. 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

Christine Leopold

Christine Leopold
Communication

(currently on fellowship with Harvard)
Lena Lepuschütz

Lena Lepuschütz
Health Economist

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 Health Economics Department at the Austrian Public Health Institute. She is in the Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmaceutical Policy Analysis Program in the Health Economics Department, and 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