Population Research and Policy Review

, Volume 25, Issue 5–6, pp 479–487

Demographic challenges and health in Germany

Original Paper


Demographic challenges are affecting the health care system in Germany and globally: a growing aging population; low birth rates; sociopolitical, women’s health, and health care economic issues; and immigration. During a recent Fulbright Scholar program, scholars from several disciplines including demography, sociology, medicine, and nursing examined these demographic challenges facing Germany and other industrialized countries. Enormous challenges exist for industrialized and developing countries related to these demographic changes, the complexity of health care economics, and population issues. In Germany, the shifting population demographics are affecting health care, financing of the German health care system, and the growth of immigrant populations.


Demographic challenges Aging Low birth rates Quality of life Germany Health professions 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MGH Institute of Health ProfessionsBostonUSA
  2. 2.Center for Nursing Excellence and Division of Social Medicine and Health InequalitiesBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Family and Community MedicineAlbany Medical CollegeAlbanyUSA

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