Karl Lauterbach

Minister of Health, Germany

Karl Lauterbach has been the Federal Minister of Health of Germany since December 2021. Before becoming minister he has been a Member of the Deutsche Bundestag for the Social Democratic Party (SPD) since 2005. He was deputy chairman of the SPD parliamentary group and speaker for consumer protection. He studied Medicine in Aachen and Dusseldorf, Germany, and received his first doctoral degree at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine in Julich, Germany. He studied health policy and management and epidemiology as a post-doc at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA, and received a degree as a Doctor of Science in Health Policy and Management. His expertise covers a wide range of topics in health policy, including cost effectiveness research, evidence based medicine and quality research. His expertise has helped to strengthen the evidence base of health policy decisions within the German public health insurance system. As a leading law maker, he was involved in more than 80 health care laws. He is author of more than 100 scientific articles in peer-reviewed international journals in the field of health economics and health policy.