Germany Votes: But What Will Change For Health Care, Medtech Post-Election?
The German Bundestagswahl – the 2017 general election – looks likely to deliver a fourth straight victory for CDU chief Angela Merkel, Europe's most powerful politician and arguably the world's most powerful national female leader. But she will have to invite coalition partners, as in her previous three regimes, which could spell changes for health and the other ministerial portfolios that touch on medtech.
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Germany's CDU leader Angela Merkel secured her fourth term as chancellor, but chastened by an election result that saw many of her 2013 voters turn to the liberals and far right, her hand is weakened. Indeed, the EU's rock of political stability has sprung many a surprise in delivering a 2017 election result that will give businesses a sense both of unease and promise, with the re-emergence of the liberal and business-focused FDP.
The 2017 German national election, set for September 24, is not only a chance for Angela Merkel to secure a fourth term in office as Chancellor, but also an opportunity for the medtech industry to tell lawmakers how they can make the health-care system better. The medtech industry has made ten demands of the new government, with recent opinion polls favoring the status quo.
Only two of eight treatments passed muster under Germany's new NUBs scheme for assessing the benefit of high-risk products for inpatient use. As with the country's outpatient assessment counterpart, industry is pushing for changes.