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Positions held:
1975–1987: Odense University (assistant professor to full professor, economics)
1987–1991: CEO, County Health Service, County of Vejle
1991–1999: The LEGO Group, senior vice president, executive vice president,
(changing over time: finance, HR, IT, PR, strategic planning)
1998 –1999: Adjunct professor, health economics, University of Odense
1999 – Professor, health economics and health policy, University of Southern Denmark, Odense. – (Part time as of Sep. 1. 2010)

 2012 -   Aalborg University, 20% professor of health economics 


Committee membership in relation to health and social care:

2021 -  Vice chairman, Committte on health care in Greenland

2008 – 2013 member of expert committee on hospital investments, appointed by the Minister of Health

2007 - 2008 Member of Quality Reform Working Party, appointed by the Prime Minister
2007 - 2008Committee on discrimination because of handicap, appointed by the Minister of Economics and Business Affairs
2001 - 2003: Chairman of the Advisory committee on the health care Sector. Appointed by the Minister of Health
1996 -1997: Member of ‘ the hospital commission’, minister appointed
1985: Member of the commission on general practice, minister appointed
1994 - 1999 Several working groups in the Association of Danish Counties, 1987-1991 and the Federation of Danish Industries 1977 - 1987: Membership of about 25 working groups/committees appointed by the National Board of Health, national research, private organization etc.

Board membership (current)
Chairman, Filidelfia (Epilepsy Hospital, nursing homes etc.)
Chairman, Council for adult vocational training
Member, board of Dafolo A/S, Chairman the Dafolo Foundation

Member, board of ProGuardia A/S
Member, board, The Karen Tolstrup Foundation 

Member, board of the the Lund Association (Lungeforeningen) 

Previous board memberships

2001 - 2018:  Chairman, National Institut of Occupational Health 

2012 - 2015:  Board member, ArchiMed A/S

2010 - 2016:  Board member, Astra Billeddiagnostik A/S

1999 - 2018:  Board Member, Statistics Denmark 

2006 - 2018:  Chairman, board of Kolding Gymnasium

2006 - 2012:  Chairman of of the 'temp office' of the Danish Medical Student (FADL)

2011-2015: Member of the board Teres A/S (private hospital chain)
2008-2011 Member, Zealand Care A/S                                                                                            2003-2006 Hørsholm Hospital , 2006 as chairman
2001-2005 Center for Register Based Research at Aarhus University (chairman)
1999-2005 The Hamlet Hospital, Copenhagen (vice-chairman)
1999-2005 Transmedica A/S (chairman)
1998-2004 Aabenraa Hospital                                                                                                                                                                                   1995-2001 Center for Technology Supported Teaching, CTU/leaning Lab Denmark

Membership of working groups, research evaluation etc.

Member, advisory board, Veterancenteret 2014 - 
Member, priority committee for public health, Swedish council for working life and social research, 2005-2008
Member, evaluation of Swedish health economics research, appointed by the Swedish council for working life and social research, 2005-2006
Member, Steering group for evaluation of the Norwegian health care 2 reform, Norwegian Research Council. The Research Council of Norway, 2005- 2007
Member, Evaluation committee for applications to Helsefonden, appointed by the Danish Research Council for the Social Sciences, 2004-2008                                                                                      Board of Appeals in Telecommunication (Teleklagenævnet) 1997-2001                                              Business Advisory Council. IMD 1995-1999

Membership, professional associations 

Society of Danish Health Economists (chairman 2018 - ) 

Danish Association of Economists (Nationaløkonomisk Forening)
American Economic Association
International Health Economics Association
Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV)
Research network on quality and patient safety

Membership, misc.
Two working groups, the Academy of Technical Sciences, ATV: the Health Care Sector of the future and Research and Innovation Policy 2010 -                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Danish Cancer Society’s committee on patient support
Board of governors of ‘Bedre psykiatri’ (‘Better psychiatry’ – association of relatives)
Advisory Board, Center of Excellence, Silkeborg Hospital
Advisory Board, Midt-lab, Region of Midtjylland

Research interests
Hospital Management
Health policy and decision-making
Health care reforms
The use of economics evaluations for actual decision-making
Use of transaction cost economics/new institutional economics as a paradigm for health economics
Measurement and valuation of health status                                                                                                                                                          Quality and enonomics

Journals & Books (editor & co-editor)
1992-1996 Member of editorial board for a series of books on the Danish health care sector, FADLs Forlag
1989-1991 Member of editorial board for JOURNAL (the National Board of Health)
1983-1992 Advisory editor of Social Science and Medicine
1981-1992 Associate editor of Journal of Health Economics

Summary of publications 
17 books, all of them in Danish – and most as sole author.
69 book chapters, most written in Danish, about10 in English
91 scientific articles                                                                                                                                                                                                        42 Research reports, working papers etc.                                                                                                                                                                  14 Conference papers (incomplete)                                                                                                                                                                               94 Newspapers, reviws, debate, editorials etc. (incompete)      

Research issemination                                                                                                                                                                                                    An average of 60 external lectures per year 2000-2010 to research groups, politicians, professional societies etc. 


Research areas

  • Health policy and decision-making
    Health care reforms 
    The use of economics evaluations for actual decision-making 
  • Use of transaction cost economics as a paradigm for health economics 
  • Measurement and valuation of health status

External positions

professor, Aalborg University

2010 → …


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