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Table 1

Key Organizations and Committees

Name of Organization in GermanName of Organization in EnglishFunction
Ausschuss Krankenhaus Hospital Committee Committee representing hospitals and sickness funds, mandated with decision making for the hospital sector before 2004 
Bundesrat Federal Council Chamber of parliament representing the governments of the states (Länder) 
Bundestag Federal Assembly Chamber of parliament representing elected political parties 
Deutsche Krankenhausgesellschaft German Hospital Association Federal-level association of hospitals 
Bundessozialgericht Federal (social) court Court adjudicating social security matters at the federal level 
Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss (GBA) Federal Joint Committee Top decision-making body of the corporatist self-administration in health care, since 2004 
Gesundheitsausschuss Health Committee Parliamentary committee, preparing health-related legislation for the Bundestag 
GKV-Spitzenverband National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds Association of sickness funds at federal level 
Institut für Qualität und Wirtschaftlichkeit im Gesundheitswesen (IQWiG) Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care Institute commissioned by the GBA to conduct evidence reviews 
Landessozialgericht State (social) court Court adjudicating social security matters at the state level 
Vermittlungsausschuss Mediation Committee Parliamentary committee, mediating between the Bundestag and Bundesrat 
Name of Organization in GermanName of Organization in EnglishFunction
Ausschuss Krankenhaus Hospital Committee Committee representing hospitals and sickness funds, mandated with decision making for the hospital sector before 2004 
Bundesrat Federal Council Chamber of parliament representing the governments of the states (Länder) 
Bundestag Federal Assembly Chamber of parliament representing elected political parties 
Deutsche Krankenhausgesellschaft German Hospital Association Federal-level association of hospitals 
Bundessozialgericht Federal (social) court Court adjudicating social security matters at the federal level 
Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss (GBA) Federal Joint Committee Top decision-making body of the corporatist self-administration in health care, since 2004 
Gesundheitsausschuss Health Committee Parliamentary committee, preparing health-related legislation for the Bundestag 
GKV-Spitzenverband National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds Association of sickness funds at federal level 
Institut für Qualität und Wirtschaftlichkeit im Gesundheitswesen (IQWiG) Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care Institute commissioned by the GBA to conduct evidence reviews 
Landessozialgericht State (social) court Court adjudicating social security matters at the state level 
Vermittlungsausschuss Mediation Committee Parliamentary committee, mediating between the Bundestag and Bundesrat 
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