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Austrian National Public Health Institute

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Andrea E. Schmidt (PhD) serves as Deputy Head of Department of Health Economics and Health Systems Analysis and Senior Health Expert at the Austrian National Institute of Public Health. She is also a research associate with the UN-affiliated European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna, where she used to work as a researcher from 2010 to 2016. She was elected as board member of the Research Network on Ageing of the European Sociological Association in September 2021. She is also part of the EU Expert Group on Health System Performance Assessment, and was a scientific advisor on informal care to the Swiss Federal Institute of Public Health (2016-2020). She obtained her Master’s in Public Policy and Human Development from Maastricht University, Netherlands (2009), and her PhD in Economics and Social Sciences from Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria (2016). She looks back at research stays at University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada), London School of Economics, and Stockholm University. Andrea E. Schmidt has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and policy briefs in the field of equity in access to long-term care, long-term care financing, informal carers’ support, and health systems analysis. She is a member of the scientific board and activist with the national interest group of informal carers in Austria.

Research interests

distributional equity in long-term care financing; costs of informal care; access to community-based care; long-term care systems; governance; interfaces between health care and long-term care; integrated care; unmet needs

Research projects on COVID and Long-Term Care

Project PHIRI: Primarily focused on health care, and the ways in which health information systems need to be built to be functional and meaningful, in particular in view of learnings from the pandemic. I am trying to bring in also the perspective of the long-term care sector in this work:

Key publications

Leichsenring, K., Schmidt, A.E., Staflinger, H. (2021) Fractures in the Austrian Model of Long-Term Care: What are the Lessons from the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic? Journal of Long-Term Care, pp. 33–42. DOI:
Schmidt, A.E., Abboud, L., Bogaert, P. (2021) “Making the case for strong health information systems during a pandemic and beyond”, Archives of Public Health.

Rodrigues, R., Simmons, C., Schmidt, A.E., Steiber, N. (2021) “Care in times of COVID-19: The impact of the pandemic on informal caregiving in Austria”, European Journal of Ageing, Special Issue “Social, behavioural, and public health consequences of the Corona pandemic in later life”.

Waitzberg, R., Schmidt, A.E., Bluemel, M. et al. (2020) “Mapping variability in allocation of Long-Term Care funds acrosspayer agencies in OECD countries”, Health Policy (early view),
Schmidt, A,E. (2018) Older persons’ views on using cash-for-care allowances at the crossroads of gender, socio-economic status and care needs in Vienna, Social Policy & Administration, 52(3), 710-730, DOI: 10.1111/spol.12334.

Rodrigues, R., Ilinca, S., Schmidt, A.E. (2018) Income-rich and wealth-poor? The impact of measures of socio-economic status in the analysis of the distribution of long-term care use among older people. Health Economics, 27(3), 637-646, doi: 10.1002/hec.3607.

Schmidt, A.E. (2017) “Analysing the importance of older people’s resources for the use of home care in a cash-for-care scheme: Evidence from Vienna“, in: Health and Social Care in the Community, 25(2), 514-526, DOI: 10.1111/hsc.12334.

LTCCovid contributions

Comas-Herrera A, Zalakaín J, Lemmon E, Henderson D, Litwin C, Hsu AT, Schmidt AE, Arling G and Fernández J-L (2020) Mortality associated with COVID-19 in care homes: international evidence., International Long-Term Care Policy Network, CPEC-LSE, 14 October.

Leichsenring, K., Schmidt, A.E. & Bauer, A. (2020) Report: Planning for expected shortages in migrant and family care in Austria. Article in, International Long-Term Care Policy Network, CPEC-LSE. Verfügbar unter (visited on 2nd Dec 2021).
Schmidt, A.E., Leichsenring, K., Staflinger, H., Litwin, C. & Bauer, A. (2020) “The impact of COVID-19 on users and providers of Long-Term Care services in Austria.” (Country report) Verfügbar unter (visited on 2nd Dec 2021).