|National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds||GKV-Spitzenverband|
|The National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds is located in Berlin and has been playing an important role in the German health care system since 2008. As the central association of all statutory health and nursing care insurances, it represents their interests – not only in Germany but also Europe-wide and internationally. The association can gain influence through the consultation of parliaments and ministries as well as during agreements in the Federal Joint Committee, where it is entitled to vote.
In addition, the association helps to structure medical care by concluding agreements and stipulations, which are binding for all statutory health insurances. An example for such agreements is framework and remuneration agreements for specific medical services. Furthermore, the association negotiates prices for new drugs with pharmaceutical companies and issues guidelines for caregivers.