About us

We are a diverse team with experience in academia, industry and consulting.

The institute is organised in three research areas.


Lize Duminy, research associate/PhD student

Lize is an industrial engineer by training and has experience in quantitative and qualitativ systems science research. She is currently enrolled as a PhD student at the University of Bern's Center for Public Management (KPM). Her research focuses on simulation models to plan the provision of medical care to an ageing population in Switzerland.

Publications at BFH


  • Winter, V., Kjærgaard Thomsen, M., Schreyögg, J., Blankart, K., Duminy, L., Schoenenberger, L., ... & Jensen, U. T. (2019). Improving Service Provision–The Health Care Services' Perspective. Journal of service management research, 3(4), 163–183.

Niklaus Meier, research associate

Niklaus studied economics and applied economic analysis at the University of Bern. His studies focused on applied empirical methods in the field of health and public policy. He especially focused on the topic of self-assessed health and how it is employed in empirical studies.

Tobias Müller, lecturer in Empirical Health Economics

Tobias studied economics at the University of Bern and specialised in empirical methods and health economics during his PhD at the University of Lucerne. His research focuses on the effects of incentives on health care decision makers' behavior. He applies modern econometric and experimental methods to investigate the demand for health insurance, the effects of policy interventions and the determinants of provider behavior in the Swiss health care sector.

Mark Pletscher, Head of Institute

Mark is an economist with experience as a research associate at the Winterthur Institute of Health Economics at ZHAW and as a health economist at Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. He has experience with health economic evaluation and reimbursement decision making in Switzerland and key drug markets worldwide. His research focuses on health technology assessment and the effects of incentive mechanisms on provider behavior. In addition to the field of health technology assessment, his research focuses on the effects of incentive systems regarding medical decisions.