Josef Probst

Josef Probst studied law at the University of Linz and was working for four years at the Institute of Labor Law and Social Security. He began his career in the Social Health Insurance at the regional fund of Upper Austria. In 1991, he changed to the Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions as Deputy General Manager. Probst was appointed as General Manager in April 2013.

In this position, he is responsible for the future path of Social Security in Austria. His area of work includes national and international affairs, scientific cooperation, financing, statistics and evidenced based economic health care.


Currently, Josef Probst has his focus on a sustainable, patient-, citizen- and health oriented health care reform which Austria is undergoing at the moment. Sitting in the driver’s seat, he is highly involved in the strategic direction and the implementation of policies. Pharmaceutical policy is an additional specific topic of engagement.


Josef Probst is a board member of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, member of the Advisory Board of the European Health Forum Gastein and board member of the Health Symposium of the European Forum Alpbach.