History of the SAHE
The Swiss Association for Health Economics and Health Sciences (SAHE) was founded in 2004. Founding president (today honorary president) was Professor Dr. med. Thomas D. Szucs, MPH, and founding director Lic. iur. Max Künzi, MM. The SAHE deals with the promotion of health economics and health sciences on a scientific and practice-oriented basis. It promotes the attendance of foreign congresses by prospective health scientists. For several years now, it has been awarding the prize for health economics and health sciences in Switzerland on the professional path – and is patronising the Swiss Congress of Health Economics and Health Sciences (SKGG). The SKGG is a specialized congress and is accordingly aimed at all specialists from the health service.
In 2012, the SAHE was the official organiser of the European Congress on Health Economics (ECHE2012), which took place at the University of Zurich. It was involved in founding the European Association of Health Economics (EUHEA) and the Swiss Society of Health Economics (SGGÖ). It has successfully applied for the iHEA World Congress, which will take place at the University of Basel in 2019. After the iHEA leadership change, SAGG handed over the implementation to the University of Basel. In 2016, the SAHE expanded its field of activity to include the health sciences in general. It is not a purely academic or university organisation, but integrates the diverse and important practical side of a health service. The SAHE as an association has only institutional members.