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Health technology assessment and policy from the economic perspective

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 April 2004

Frans Rutten
Affiliation:
Erasmus University Medical Centre, Rotterdam

Abstract

This article comments on the four country papers in this volume from an economic perspective. Different phases of the decision-making process, which can be supported by Health Technology Assessment (HTA), are considered. For each of these, there is large cross-country variation in the way in which HTA influences policy. Furthermore, economic themes regarding the relevance of HTA evidence for policy making, the position of cost-effectiveness in relation to other criteria vis-à-vis reimbursement decisions, the use of a cost per quality-adjusted life year threshold, and the incorporation of economic considerations in practice guidelines are discussed.

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Rutten F, van Busschbach J. 2001 How to define a basic package of health services for a tax funded or social insurance based health care system? Eur J Health Economics. 2; 4546.Google Scholar

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