What is insurance medicine?
Insurance medicine covers medical assessments and interventions for all types of insurance schemes that involve health aspects, e.g. sickness allowance or disability pension for health-related incapacity to work, morbidity caused by accidents, application for life and health insurance.
Picture from the Cochrane Colloquium 2015 in Vienna. From left to right: Regina Kunz, Jason Busse, Wout de Boer, Sandra Brouwer, Kristina Alexanderson, Bert Cornelius, Rebecca Weida
Our core tasks are
- Certifying sick leave
- Evaluating long-term disability for work
- Promoting return-to-work
- Promoting participation of disabled people in society
- Assessing causality in impairments (e.g. accident)
- Assessing health risks of people applying for insurance coverage (health care; work capacity; life)
Cochrane Insurance Medicine is made possible through contributions by researchers, their respective academic institutions and sponsors including EbIM Research & Education, Dept. Clinical Research of the University of Basel Hospital, Switzerland; Research Center for Insurance Medicine (KCVG) supported by the Dutch Employee Insurance Agency (UWV), the Dutch Academic Center for Insurance Medicine (DACIM), the Netherlands; McMaster University, Canada; Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
National and international social and private insurers, professional organizations and work related institutions support this initiative.