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History

The foundation of the Winterthur Institute for Health Economics can be traced back to an initiative by the  Association of Winterthur/Andelfingen doctors AWA and the City of Winterthur. In 1995, under the heading "Health economics in dialogue", various discussions took place between representatives from political parties, health insurance companies, the regional hospital in Winterthur, and doctors’ groups. A further driving force was the need to improve the economic position of Winterthur and to turn the city into a national center for health care.

 

On 21 August 1998, the Association for the Promotion of Health Economics was founded at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences Winterthur (ZHAW). The Winterthur Institute for Health Economics began operating on 1 May 1999. Since 2002, the institute has been fully integrated into the Public sector of the ZHAW School of Management and Law.

Since 2003, the Winterthur Institute of Health Economics has been increasingly active in the area of applied research and development. In the same year, the MAS Managed Health Care, a continuing education program, was developed. And in 2003, the Winterthur Institute of Health Economics became a member of the Swiss Network for Health Technology Assessment (SNHTA).


In 2004, the Winterthur Institute of Health Economics was commissioned to set up the ZHAW School of Health Professions, which has become very successful.

Since 2005, the Winterthur Institute of Health Economics has been running the head office of Swiss Insurance Medicine (SIM).


In 2006, the present structure was set up, consisting of the following teams: Health Economics Research, Health Economics Management, Health Services Research, and Continuing Education.

The Winterthur Institute of Health Economics has continued to grow in all areas and currently has 24 employees.