Physician and economist with 25 years’ experience in clinical work, research, and strategic planning and consulting. Wide-ranging international training and teaching experience as well as in-depth knowledge of university structures, accreditation processes, and the development of innovative/internet-based curricula in national and international settings with special emphasis on teaching health economics and health care financing in different settings and for different audiences. Professor of Health Economics since 2005. Focus of work on international health economics, health system development and health care financing, economic evaluation and rationing health care, as well as internet-based empirical health systems research. More than 15 years’ experience in international cooperation in non-European countries and more than 70 completed assignments. High degree of inter-cultural sensibility, good command of the English language. Project experience in Northern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast and South Asia. Broad national and international consulting experience, in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge on health systems, health care financing, social protection, and policy applications. Strong communication and moderation skills.



1985–1992 Medical School, Universities of Bonn and Göttingen
1990–1991 “Biomedical Sciences Exchange Program” in the United States, sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
1992“Dr. med.” (MD thesis), “Medicine in Göttingen 1933–45”, University of Göttingen
1987–1997Economics studies, Universities of Göttingen and Hannover
1999“Dr. rer. pol.” (PhD thesis), “Public Participation in the Rationing of Health Care”, University of Hannover
FellowshipsDAAD (1990-1), DFG (Post-Doc 1995-7), DFG (Lecture 2005), DFG (Lecture 2014)


1984–1985Military service
Additional trainingCosting methodology, computer programmes, presentation techniques, meeting management and moderation, conflict management, inter-cultural communication
Membership in scientific societiesVerein für Socialpolitik, German Society for Health Economics (dggö), International Health Economics Association (iHEA)


1992–1993Junior House Officer Psychiatric Clinic
> Clinical training
1993–1995Junior/Senior House Officer Transplant-Surgery
> Clinical training and research
1995–1997Post-doctorate grant German Research Council (DFG)
> Economic evaluation of abdominal transplants
1995Visiting scholar at the Centre for Health EconomicsYork, England
1997–1999Consultant with The Boston Consulting Group
> Energy (marketing-strategy), Biotechnology (gentech-strategy)
Medical technology (medical imaging). Human resources (BCG tool))
2000–2001Head of the Health Economics department, IGES (Institute for Research in Health and Social Sciences)
> Disease Management, Case Management, Determinants of drug consumption, Health Technology Assessment
2002–2004Long-term expert for German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
> Supporting the Philippine Health Sector Reform: Health Policy, Social Health Insurance, Monitoring and Evaluation
Tacloban, Philippines
2005–2008Professor for Economics and Ethics in Health Care
Private University of Applied Sciences of the German Red Cross
> Accreditation of the University and various Bachelor and
Master studies. President of the University 2007/8
since 2008Senior Lecturer at the MIPH
Mannheim Institute of Public Health, (Heidelberg University)
> Teaching medical and international master students, supervising PhD students, research; accreditation and development of the “Master of Health Economics”
Visiting scholar at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE)Islamabad
Overseas Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine London
since 2004Free-lance consultant in international health economics, health care financing and social protection


Development of a training concept for Inter-Local Health Zones in Southern Leyte, Philippines Overview of the health care consultancy market in Germany
Development of an integrated long-term training course on health insurance and social policy for participants from Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines (since 2006) Hospital reform in Tripoli, Libya Planning and executing a study tour for a delegation from Kazakhstan on hospital planning and quality management Improving Payment for Health Care in Hoa Binh Province, Vietnam Assessment of future training needs in health care financing in Eastern Africa (Cameroon, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya) Senior Advisor Health Economics and Health Care Financing, Nepal; 2008-2010
Concept of introducing a voucher scheme to strengthen an existing social health insurance and to combat HIV/AIDS in the poor population, Tanzania
Developing and conducting a workshop on the role of donors in health care financing Feasibility study to introduce Social Health Insurance in Sierra Leone
Planning and execution of a workshop on health care financing Review of the strategic plan for a private hospital in Tanzania Technical input and seminars for the course „Capacity Building for Effective Health“ with participants from Vietnam, Cambodia, Tanzania, and Kenya Working on a „ Planning Guide for Health Sector Response to HIV/AIDS“ (with WHO) Developing and conducting a workshop on good governance in health care financing Development and implementation of community-based health insurance in Myanmar Implementation of Basic Health Care System in Chongqing, China The cost of the HIV / AIDS workplace policy for a German bilateral development agency Reviewing and editing an interim assessment of the Rural Health Services Construction and Development Program (RHSCDP) in China Assessment of an innovative pharmaceutical distribution scheme in the Philippines Health care financing for the non-poor informal sector in Indonesia Development of a concept for an outpatient benefit package for medicines for the Philippine National Social Health Insurance (PhilHealth) Feasibility study and recommendations on Township-Based Health Protection (TBHP) in Myanmar Supporting the development of the Centre for Population, Health, and Social Policy at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad, Pakistan Conceptualising an offer to the Sierra Leonian Government for introducing social health insurance. Developing a costing approach for essential health benefit packages Exploring options for health financing development in Myanmar Development of a master plan for the health care infrastructure in Kyrgyzstan, modelling staffing and cost consequences. Literature review on the effect of social protection on working conditions and productivity in SMEs. Supporting the German “National Centre for Early Help” (NZFH) in identifying, assessing and counselling for young families with specific needs Developing a concept note on introducing social health insurance in Kazakhstan International comparative analysis for developing Social Health Insurance, Cairo, Egypt Support in re-building a church-run hospital in Tacloban, Philippines Actuarial estimation of the effects of introducing social health insurance, Astana, Kazakhstan Workshop on social protection with an all-party group of parliamentarians, Naypyidaw, Myanmar
Development of an online course on “Creating and Extending Social Protection Floors and the Right to Social Security”

Training on prothesis and orthesis financing in China and Germany, Berlin Workshop on business planning for the national Health Management Center, Astana, Kazakhstan Development of a guidebook on implementing health and long-term care in the informal economy Advisor on the German health care system for various international consultancy clients from USA, Hong Kong, UK, Australia Supporting the development of integrated health care provision and financing in the federal state of Burma Reviewing pediatric pharmaceuticals in Solomon Islands Independent Mid-term Review of the Den Sooluk health refom program in Kyrgyzstan Developing a concept to integrate voucher schemes and the Health Equity Fund in Cambodia Reviewing the role of private health insurance in the newly established social health insurance program in Kazakhstan Supporting the market access of a German start-up company in the field of transplantation medicine Reviewing the results and effects maternal and neonatal health programme with a special emphasis on Value for Money (VfM) calculations Review current HTA in the country and suggest policies, structures and activities to strengthen HTA Review hospital project management at the Kyrgyz Ministry of Health Development of a policy and technical concept to harmonize and integrate data on social protection Reviewing the impact of a multi-year development program in the health sector in Laos Development of Country Diagnostics Studies, capacity building processes, and investment and financing studies on Elderly Care in 6 Asia-Pacific countries Collaborative EU-study on long-term care innovations throughout Europe (SUSTAIN) Review health care financing and supporting the development of a national health insurance scheme in Zimbabwe Review of the Benazir Income Support Programme in Pakistan Development of future strategies to support the development of social health insurance in Pakistan Review of an introductory text to international course “sustainable development”; University of Kaiserslautern Assessing the appropriateness of medical equipment for a specialised hospital in St Petersburg, Russia Ex-post evaluation of polio program in India Review of bilateral involvement in the Expanded Program on Immunization in Pakistan Health care financing and provider payment system as part of developing the Master Plan for the Development of the Health Care System in Kyrgyzstan Institutional assessment and development of PESSI (Punjab Employees’ Social Security Institute) in Pakistan Study on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on video-consultations in German private practices



Lecturer, School of Nursing: Psychiatry, Surgery, Medical School Hannover
“Cost assessment of abdominal transplantations”, Medical School Hannover
Research seminars: Trends in insurance economics and health economics, Rationing medical care Development of the international „Course on Social Health Insurance“, conducted by the AIM
(Asian Institute of Management), Manila, Philippines
“Health Financing and Economic Evaluation of Emergency Programmes”, Heidelberg University

Lecturing at the private University of Applied Sciences of the German Red Cross and the Leibniz FH School of Business

– Introductory Economics
– Introduction into scientific work and project management
– Health Economics and Health Care Financing
– International Aspects of Health Care Management
– International Health Economics / Public Health

Development and execution of a course on health insurance and social policy for young leaders from Vietnam, Philippines, and Indonesia.
Teaching on „Financing Health Care – Principles of Insurance”, Heidelberg University (since 2008).
Teaching in the international course “Leadership”, Heidelberg University.
Course “International Approaches to Health Financing and Health Insurance”. Blended Learning with e-Learning / chats and seminar for health care professionals from East Africa
Development of a Master course “Health Economics” at Mannheim Medical Faculty.
1-week-course on “Health Economics and Health Care Financing” for senior staff from the Ministry of Health and Population, Nepal.
Teaching at the Master of Science in Health Economics course, University of Heidelberg- Health

– Economic Theory
– Ethics and Health Policy
– Health Care Financing
– Health Technology Assessment and Clinical Decision-Making

Development of an integrated online course on “Pension Systems in Developing Countries”. Lecturing on social health insurance for visiting groups from Vietnam, China, and Mongolia Visiting scholar in health economics and health care financing at PIDE (Pakistan Institute of Development Economics), Islamabad Teaching at the CIEE Center for International Education and Exchange, Berlin Teaching at the Sozial- und Arbeitsmedizinische Akademie Baden-Württemberg (since 2015)


Obermann K: Ärzte, Universitäts- und Alltagsmedizin in Göttingen 1933-1945. Göttingen 1992. [MD thesis]
Obermann K: Public Participation in the Rationing of Health Care. Shaker Verlag: Aachen 2000. [PhD thesis]
Bodart C and Obermann K (eds.): Making your local health system work. A resource book on local health system development. Applied research for the health sector reform. GTZ German Technical Cooperation, Manila, Philippines 2005.
Bodart C and Obermann K (eds.): Let us make our local health system work. A primer for the general public on local health system development. Applied research for the health sector reform. GTZ German Technical Cooperation, Manila, Philippines 2005.
Glazinski B and Obermann K: Komplexität und Kontrolle. Wirklichkeit und individuelle Haltung im digitalen Zeitalter. Verlag für angewandte Managementforschung, Köln 2017.
Glazinski B, Obermann K and Schallenberg R: Organisationsentwicklung. Verlag für angewandte Managementforschung, Köln 2020.
Obermann K, Müller P, Zilch C, Winter MC, Glazinski B: The German Health Care System. 3rd edition: medhochzwei Verlag, Heidelberg 2021.
Obermann K, Thielscher C: Medical Economics. Agenda Publishing / Columbia University Press 2022.

Essential Drug Procurement and Supply Management System in Nepal: Options for Improvement (M. Stoermer et al., 2009)
The Current Legal Framework on Health Care Financing and Social Health Protection in Nepal (R. Badhal, 2009)
Free Health Care in Nepal (F Hachette, 2009)
Resource Allocation for Health Care in Nepal (F Hachette, 2009)
Availability of Essential Drugs in Nepal (P Silwal, 2010)

Original papers, peer-reviewed
Obermann K, Nagel E, Pichlmayr R: Ethical Considerations in Procuring Organs from Non Heart Beating Donors. In: Transplant Proc 28 (1995): 2924-5.
Obermann, K: Some politico-economic aspects of organ shortage in transplantation medicine. Soc Sci Med 46 (1997): 299-311.
Obermann K, Graf vd Schulenburg JM, Mautner GC: Ökonomische Analyse der Sekundärprävention der koronaren Herzkrankheit mit Simvastatin (Zocor®) in Deutschland. Med Klinik 92 (1997): 686-94.
Graf vd Schulenburg JM, Obermann K: Welche Screeningmethode und Screeningtechnologie rechnet sich? Eine exemplarische Kostenanalyse des Chlamydienscreenings in Deutschland. Gesundh Ök Qual Manag 3 (1998): 103-10.
Obermann K: Rationierung in der Medizin aus ökonomischer Sicht. Med Klinik 94 (1999): 110-5.
Obermann K, Mautner GC: Welche Verteilungskriterien kann die Kosten-Nutzen-Analyse erfassen – und welche nicht? Gesundh Ök Qual Manag 4 (1999): 143-9.
Obermann K, Buck D: The health care rationing debate: more clarity by separating the issues? Eur J Health Econ 2 (2001): 113-7.
Obermann K, Jowett MR, Alcantara MOO, Banzon EP, Bodart C: Developing social health insurance in low and middle-income countries: the case of the Philippines. Soc Sci Med 62 (2006): 3177-85.
Obermann K, Jowett MR, Taleon JD, Mercado MC: Lessons for health care reform from the less developed world: the case of the Philippines. Eur J Health Econ 9 (2008): 343-9.
Obermann K, Scheppe J, Glazinski B. More than figures? Qualitative research in health economics. Health Econ 22 (2013): 253–257.
Krejczy M, Harenberg J, Marx S, Obermann K, Fröhlich L, Wehling M. Comparison of cost-effectiveness of anticoagulation with dabigatran, rivaroxaban and apixaban in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation across countries. J Thromb Thrombolysis (2014) 37:507-523.
Krejczy M, Harenberg J, Wehling M, Obermann K, Lip G Y H. Cost-effectiveness of anticoagulation in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation with edoxaban compared to warfarin in Germany. DOI: 10.1155/2738, BioMed Research (2015).
Obermann K, Chanturidze T, Richardson E, Tanirbergenov S, Shoranov M, Nurgozhaev A: Data for development in health: a case study and monitoring framework from Kazakhstan; BMJ Global Health (2016); url:
Chanturidze T, Obermann K. Governance in health – the need for exchange and evidence: Comment on “Governance, government, and the search for new provider models.” Int J Health Policy Manag. 2016;5(x):x–x. doi:10.15171/ijhpm.2016.60
Nusshag C, Obermann K, Weigand M, Schwenger V. Akutes Nierenversagen Dtsch Med Wochenschr 2017; 142: 534–540.
Tawiah T, Malam K, Kwarteng A, Bart-Plange C, Febir L, Aubyn V, Obermann K, Owusu-Agyei S and Poku Asante K: Improving the first-line treatment of febrile illnesses in Ghana: willingness to pay for malaria rapid diagnostic tests at licensed chemical shops in the Kintampo area. Cost Eff Resour Alloc (2018) 16:4
Obermann K, Chanturidze T, Glazinski B, Dobberschuetz K, Steinhauer H and Schmidt JO: The shaded side of the UHC cube: a systematic review of human resources for health management and administration in social health protection schemes. Health Economics Review 8 (2018):4;
Obermann K, Jowett M and Kwon S. The role of national health insurance for achieving UHC in the Philippines: a mixed methods analysis, Global Health Action 11;1 (2018), 1483638, doi:
Stoop A, de Bruin SR, Wistow G, Billings J, Ruppe G, Leichsenring K, Obermann K, Baan CA, Nijpels G. Exploring improvement plans of fourteen European integrated care sites for older people with complex needs. Health Policy (2019).
Kluger S, Obermann K, Tausch V, Chadasch C, Ditscheid E, Thielscher C. Is QALY-based rationing illegal in countries with a natural-law-constitution? A multidisciplinary systematic review. Ethics, Medicine and Public Health 14 (2020), 100484.
de Bruin SR, Billings J, Stoop A, Lette M, Ambugo EA, Gadsby E, Häusler C, Obermann K, Ahi GP Reynolds J, Ruppe G, Tram N, Wistow G, Zonneveld N, Nijpels G, Baan C. Different Contexts, Similar
Challenges. SUSTAIN’s Experiences with Improving Integrated Care in Europe. International Journal of Integrated Care 20;2 (2020): 1–5. DOI:

Original papers, non peer-reviewed
Obermann K, Nagel E: Die Bundespflegesatzverordnung 1995: Neue Formen der Krankenhausfinanzierung. Der Chirurg BDC 34 (1995): 98-106.
Nagel E, Jähne J, Obermann K, Lotz J, Meyer zu Vilsendorf A, Pichlmayr R: Abdominalchirurgisch relevante Aspekte des Suizidversuchs. Langenbecks Arch Chir 382 (1997): 29-32.
Nagel E, Meyer zu Vilsendorf A, Obermann K: Ökonomie in der onkologischen Chirurgie. Langenbecks Arch Chir, Suppl. II (Congress report 1996): 91-7.
Obermann K, Graf vd Schulenburg JM: Rationierung in der Medizin – die Frage ist nicht ob, sondern wie. Gesundh Ök Qual Manag 2 (1997): A13-A16.
Obermann K: Rationierung in der Medizin aus ökonomischer Sicht. The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon 46 (1998) (Supplement): 319-23.
Petersen EE, Obermann K, Graf vd Schulenburg JM: Gesundheitsvorsorge durch Chlamydienscreening. Geburtsh Frauenheilk 58 (1998): 408-14.
Obermann K: Apotheken im Internet. Die größte Vertriebsneuerung seit 750 Jahren. E-Commerce Magazin (IWT Magazin Verlags-GmbH) 11/2000: 36-40.
Obermann K: Rawlssche Gerechtigkeitstheorie und die Rationierung medizinischer Leistungen – kann ein theoretisches Konzept in der Praxis angewandt werden? Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie 86 (2000): 412-22.
Greiner W, Obermann K, Schulenburg JM Graf vd: Socio-economic evaluation of kidney transplantation in Germany. Arch Hellenic Med 18 (2001): 147-55.
Obermann K: Gesundheitsreform auf den Philippinen. Unterstützung ist keine Einbahnstraße. Dt Ärzteblatt 102 (2005): A 2387-8.
Obermann K, Müller P: Qualitätsmanagement in der ärztlichen Praxis 2007. Eine deutschlandweite Befragung niedergelassener Ärztinnen und Ärzte. Qualitätsmanagement in Klinik und Praxis 15
(2007): 28-36.
Obermann K, Rauert R, Görlitz A, Müller P: Umfrage: Nur noch zwei Drittel des Praxisumsatzes aus der GKV. Deutsches Ärzteblatt online, 26. January 2007 (
Obermann K, Müller P: Qualitätsmanagement in der ärztlichen Praxis 2007. Eine deutschlandweite Befragung niedergelassener Ärztinnen und Ärzte. Urologe 46 (2007): 851-63
Obermann K, Müller P: Qualitätsmanagement in der ärztlichen Praxis 2008. Eine deutschlandweite Befragung niedergelassener Ärztinnen und Ärzte. Qualitätsmanagement in Klinik und Praxis 16
(2008): 59-71.
Schneider L, Monse B, Obermann K: The politics of soap. Preventive health programmes in the Philippines. Development and Cooperation 6/2009: 258-9.
Obermann K, Müller P: Arztbewertungsportale – Falsche Annahme. (Kommentar) Dt Ärzteblatt 107 (2010): 1317
Obermann K: “Süd-Süd-Dialog in der Gesundheitspolitik”. Mitteilungen und Berichte des Missionsärztlichen Instituts Würzburg 3/2012: 21-3.
Klumpp M, Thielscher C, Obermann K, Isenberg D, Thielscher S: Telecounseling in der Psychiatrie. Eine Analyse mit Lösungsansätzen. KU Gesundheitsmanagement 12/2016.

Discussion / working papers
Greiner W, Obermann K, Graf vd Schulenburg JM: Kosten und Nutzen des Transplantationswesens. Institut für Versicherungsbetriebslehre, Universität Hannover. Gesundheitsökonomisches Diskussionspapier 15, August 1995.
Graf vd Schulenburg JM, Obermann K, Greve R: Sozioökonomische Bewertung und Interessenanalyse eines Modells zur Reform der Schuleingangsuntersuchung im Land Nordrhein-Westfalen. Institut für Versicherungsbetriebslehre, Universität Hannover. Reihe Gesundheitsökonomik, Diskussionspapier 23, Oktober 1996.
Obermann K, Tolley K: The state of health care priority setting and public participation. Findings from a survey of health authorities in England, Wales and Scotland. University of York: Centre for Health Economics Discussion Paper 154, June 1997.
Obermann K, Scheil-Adlung X: Costing essential health-care packages based on the framework of national floors of social protection. An innovative ILO approach for countries with limited availability of reliable data. ESS — Extension of Social Security No. 39, Geneva: ILO 2013.

Obermann K, Post P, Weber A, Czewoja Sheikh A: Can productivity in SMEs be increased by investing in workers’ health? Taking stock of findings on health protection of workers in small and medium-sized enterprises and their impacts on productivity. Scheil-Adlung X (ed): ESS — Extension of Social Security No. 45, Geneva: ILO 2014.

Book contributions
Nagel E, Niechzial M, Obermann K, Henke KD, Greiner W, Pichlmayr R.: Ökonomische Aspekte der Transplantationschirurgie. In: Neugebauer E und Troidl H (ed.): Effektivität und Ökonomie chirurgischen Handelns. Stuttgart, Thieme 1994, p. 135-139.
Nagel E, Obermann K: Verteilungsgerechtigkeit aus medizinischer Sicht am Beispiel der Organtransplantation. In: Rektorat der Medizinischen Universität zu Lübeck (ed.): Die Ethik des Verteilens und die Kunst der sachgerechten Kostenreduktion: Zur Lage der Medizin, der Ärzte und der Patienten in Zeiten knapper Kassen, Lübeck 1995, p. 33-40.
Obermann K: Ethische Fragen: Wie Organtransplantationen gerecht finanziert werden können.
(Zusammen mit W Greiner und P Schmidt). In: Nagel E, Schmidt P: Transplantation. Berlin u.a.: Springer 1996.
Obermann K, Graf vd Schulenburg JM Schoeffski O, Waehling S: Kapital 5.4: Periphere Arterielle Verschlusskrankheit, in: Statistisches Bundesamt (ed.), Gesundheitsbericht für Deutschland. Stuttgart: Metzler-Poeschel 1998.
Graf vd Schulenburg JM, Waehling S, Schoeffski O, Obermann K: Kapitel 8.10: Beiträge, in: Statistisches Bundesamt (ed.): Gesundheitsbericht für Deutschland. Stuttgart: Metzler-Poeschel 1998.
Beushausen U, Dahms HJ, Koch T, Massing A, Obermann K: Die Medizinische Fakultät im Dritten Reich. In: Becker H, Dahms HJ, Wegeler C (eds.): Die Universität Göttingen unter dem Nationalsozialismus. München: K.G. Saur, 1998, p. 183-286.
Greiner W, Obermann K, Graf vd Schulenburg JM: Mehr Rationalität im Gesundheitswesen durch Evaluation von Gesundheitsgütern? Das Beispiel der Transplantationsmedizin. In: Aufderheide D, Dabrowski M (eds): Gesundheit – Ethik – Ökonomik. Wirtschaftsethische und moralökonomische Perspektiven des Gesundheitswesens. Berlin: Duncker und Humblot, 2002, p. 186-213.
Nagel E, Obermann K: Rawls’ Gerechtigkeitstheorie und die Frage nach Wahrung, Wandel und Fortschritt im Gesundheitswesen. In: Marckmann, G (ed): Gesundheitsversorgung im Alter: Zwischen ethischer Verpflichtung und ökonomischem Zwang. Stuttgart: Schattauer 2003, p. 176-191.
Obermann K: Social Security in India and Germany. In: Fritsch N, J Geißler and B Kloss-Quiroga: International Dialogue Social Security. 22 – 23 January, Berlin, Germany. Berlin: InWEnt International Capacity Building, February 2007, p 23-29.
Obermann K: Öffentliche Beteiligung bei Rationierungsentscheidungen in der Medizin. In: Sesselmeier W und F Schulz-Nieswandt (Hrsg.): Normative Grundlagen des Sozialstaates – Sozialpolitische Grundlagendiskurse; p. 121-34. Berlin: Duncker und Humblot 2008.
Obermann K: Ethik in der Gesundheitswirtschaft. In: Greiner W, JM Schulenburg, C Vauth (Hrsg): Gesundheitsbetriebslehre. Management von Gesundheitsunternehmen; p. 47-62 Bern: Hans Huber 2008.
Obermann K, Müller P: Qualitätsmanagement und Patientensicherheit in der ärztlichen Praxis 2010. (Chapter In: Hellman W (ed): Handbuch integrierte Versorgung. 29. Aktualisierung, March 2011.
Obermann K, Fischer J: Gesundheit als Menschenrecht und als Grundlage ökonomischer Entwicklung. In: FW Schwartz et al (eds): Public Health. Gesundheit und Gesundheitswesen. 3.A. München: Urban und Fischer 2012.
Marx M, Panea R, Stahl HC, Obermann K: Gesundheitsökonomie, öffentliche Gesundheitspflege und Gesundheitssystem. In: AllEx. Das Kompendium für die 2. Ärztliche Prüfung. Stuttgart: Thieme 2012.
Obermann K, Müller P: Zur Messung des Zugangs zu Gesundheitsleistungen: Konzepte und Operationalisierung am Beispiel der ambulanten Versorgung. In: Behrens-Potratz A, Lüke KH, Ahlers F, Matthes R (eds): Demographischer Wandel. Vielfältige Herausforderungen für Unternehmen und Gesellschaft; p. 155-170. Göttingen: Cuvillier 2013.
Marx M, Panea R, Stahl HC, Obermann K: Gesundheitssystem, Gesundheitspflege, Gesundheitsökonomie. In: Endspurt Klinik. Querschnittsfächer; p. 65-89. Stuttgart: Thieme 2013 (2nd ed. 2016).
Obermann K, Müller P: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Entlassmanagement braucht reflektierte Unternehmensleiter. In: PM Meier et al. (eds): Digitale Transformation der Gesundheitswirtschaft; pp 179-84. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer 2019.
Thielscher C and Obermann K: Covid-19 zeigt: die neoklassische Theorie bildet wirtschaftliche Vorgänge nicht korrekt ab. In: Wilke CB and Wohlmann M. (eds.): Was kostet uns Corona? Volkswirtschaftliche Auswirkung einer globalen Pandemie. Essen: KCV Schriftenreihe 1, 2020.

Scientific reports
Akademie für Ethik in der Medizin e.V. (member of the working group): Ethische Fragestellungen im Zusammenhang mit der Gesundheitsreform Stufe 3. [Study for the German Ministry of Health, 1995]
Nagel E, Niechzial M, Obermann K, Raspe HH, Hampel E, Graf vd Schulenburg JM, Greiner W (1996): Analyse und Bewertung abdominaler Transplantationen. Norddeutscher Forschungsverbund Public Health. Final report November 1996.

Scientific correspondence
Obermann K, Tillmann HL: Cohabitation and pregnancy-induced hypertension. Lancet 344 (1994): 1635.
Obermann K: Some aspects of justice in the allocation of organs for transplantation. Transplantation 64 (1997): 371.
Obermann K: On human cloning. Lancet 353 (1999): 1103.
Obermann K: Response to F Tretter: „Gesundheitsökonomie: Krankes Gesundheitswesen und die Reformen“. Dt Ärzteblatt 102 (2005): A 1280-1.
Obermann K: Global health and foreign policy. Lancet 369 (2007): 1688.
Obermann K: Comment on cost-benefit-analysis of vaccinations. Dt Ärzteblatt 107 (2010): A 1521. Obermann K: Free health care in Sierra Leone – a mite too optimistic? Lancet 378 (2011): 400-1.

Book reviews, other publications
Obermann K, Brandis A, Nikkah G: Neurotransplantation in Parkinson’s Disease. Lancet 345 (1995): 443-4.
Nagel E und Obermann K: Peter McCullagh: Brain Dead, Brain Absent, Brain Donors. Human Subjects or Human Objects? Ärzteblatt Baden Württemberg, 9/1994: 308.
Brandis A, Nikkhah G, Obermann K: Neurotransplantation [Introduction]. Zentralbl Neurochir 56
(1995): 146-7.
Obermann K: Public Health vs Public Money: Working as a Health Economist. Science NextWave August 2000 (online) (
Obermann K: Book review of Helmut K. Specke, Gesundheitsmarkt, Verlag R.S. Schulz, 2000. E-Commerce 2/2001
Obermann K: Book review of Dieter Herbst, Erfolgsfaktor Wissensmanagement, Cornelsen Verlag 2000. E-Commerce 3/2001: 82.
Obermann K, Schuster E: A baroque Wunderkammer re-invented. A report on the exhibition
”Theatrum naturae et artis” of the Humboldt University Berlin. Lancet 357 (2001): 563-4.
Schuster E, Obermann K: High-tech conservation of corpses: the basis for a modern anatomical theatre. Lancet 357 (2001): 1891-2.
Obermann K: More life for “Lifeline”. Lancet 357 (2001): 2174.
Obermann K: Materialised medical history. Lancet 359 (2002): 361-2.
Obermann K: Money fever. Lancet 362 (2003): 338.
Obermann K: When the patient comes back. Lancet 365 (2005): 2149
Obermann K: Evolutionary psychology. The Economist, January 24, 2009.


Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Social Science and Medicine, The European Journal for Health Economics, Health Policy, Public Library of Science, Health Policy and Planning, Quality Management in Health Care, BMC Health Services Research, International Social Security Review, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Global Health Action, Ethik in der Medizin , Medizinische Klinik, Der Hautarzt, Health Economics Review, Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation, BMJ Global Health, BMJ Open


More than 130 scientific presentations held between 1990 and 2022.


1995, Hannover: International Symposium on “Neurotransplantation in Parkinson’ Disease: Clinical, scientific and ethical aspects” (with A Brandis, G Nikkhah, R Dengler, M Samii, GF Walther).
1997 (chair): Health Economists’ Study Group meeting, York University, York (U.K)
2002, Manila, Philippines: “7th Regional Conference of GTZ supported Health Projects in Asia” 2003, Bohol, Philippines: “Hospital Summit for the Province of Southern Leyte”
2006, Göttingen, Symposion „Management von Katastrophen und Risiken als Studienangebot” 2007 (chair): Session on “Modelling”. 6th iHEA Conference, Copenhagen.
2009 (chair): Session on “Paying Doctors”. 7th iHEA Conference, Beijing
2011 (chair): Session on “National Health Insurance”. 8th iHEA Conference, Toronto
2011, Scientific chair of the Medizin Management Verband symposium “Patienten-Kommunikation in Zeiten des Internets: Arzt-Homepages: Sicherheit, Suchmaschinen, Services“, Hamburg
Member of the Jury for the „Publizistik Preis“ of the Foundation for Health / Stiftung Gesundheit, since 2007
Member of the Standing iHEA Scientific Committee at the Conference of the international Health Economics Association, since 2007
Member of the dggö’s scientific committee to select papers for presentation at the annual conference (since 2013)

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