Federal Joint Committee (Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss – G-BA)

The Federal Joint Committee is Germany’s highest decision-making authority for self-regulatory bodies within the German health system, covering doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, hospitals and health insurers. Its guidelines determine the list of services provided by statutory health insurance funds covering over 70 million people and, by extension, which medical care services will be covered under statutory health insurance. The G-BA also regulates quality management measures for in-patient and outpatient care within the health system.