Cross-border cooperation in healthcare has never been so important and needed as now. The recent corona pandemic made evident the relevance of developing sustainable and resilient healthcare systems. Under the umbrella of the jointly operated Cross-border Institute of Healthcare Systems and Prevention (CBI) the Dutch and German health systems are to be comprehensively analyzed from various perspectives (medical care, health economics, legal aspects, social science aspects, etc.). Structured research into both systems is the basis for being able to implement innovative approaches to changing health care on both sides more quickly and providing targeted answers to major societal questions (e.g. healthy aging).
The cooperation within the framework of the CBI is flanked by a coordinated appointment policy of both institutions. Today, more than ever, it is clear that the cross-border cooperation on health in the Northern Dutch-German border is necessary to offer border citizens dignified healthcare conditions.