Theory versus Practice: Discussing the Governance of Health Technology Assessment Systems – Stockholm Network – 3 June 2009

Posted on June 23, 2009. Filed under: Health Technology Assessment |

Theory versus Practice: Discussing the Governance of Health Technology Assessment Systems
By Paul Healy, policy analyst, Stockholm Network, and Dr Meir P. Pugatch, director of research, Stockholm Network.

Executive Summary

“This paper examines the issue of governance of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) systems. It finds that, while there seems to be a convergence among different countries towards the HTA appraisal and review process, there are still considerable differences in the manner in which national HTA systems operate as a whole. Such differences, it is argued, ultimately lead to different outcomes and outputs of national HTA systems, not least in the context of patients’ ability to access new and innovative healthcare technologies.

Focusing on four key countries – Australia, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom – this paper analyses some of the key elements embedded in HTA systems, which by and large affect the issue of governance of such systems.”    … continues on the website

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