Ensuring Value for Money in Health Care
The Role of Health Technology Assessment in the European Union
Observatory Studies Series, No. 11
Wismar, M., McKee, M., Ernst, K., Srivastava, D., Busse, R.
WHO Regional Office for Europe
ISBN-13    9789289071833 ISBN-10    9289071834
Order Number    13400073 Format    Paper Back
Price    CHF    40.00 / US$    48.00 Developing countries:    CHF    28.00
English     2008        171   pages
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This book provides a detailed review of the role of health technology assessment (HTA) in the European Union. It examines both method and process in the prioritization and financing of modern health care, and presents extensive case studies from Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

The book examines a number of issues, with particular emphasis on the responsibility and membership of HTA bodies, assessment procedures and methods, the application of HTA evidence to decision-making, and the dissemination and implementation of findings. It aims to highlight ways to improve the HTA process in Europe by examining key challenges and identifying opportunities to support value and innovation in health care.

It will be vital reading for a wide range of stakeholders including policy-makers, HTA bodies, manufacturers, health-care professionals and patient organizations.

"The report is written in a style that makes easy reading and the content should appeal particularly to those new to this area of health science... (it) is comprehensive, balanced and explains the challenges and opportunities for health care decision-makers to maximise the potential of HTA, in order to capture the benefits of technologies within the constraints of health resources." -- Public health