2015 Global Survey on Health Technology Assessment by National Authorities. Main Findings
(2015; 40 pages)


As countries strive to deliver universal health coverage, the process of deciding which health technologies and interventions to invest in has become increasingly important. Countries face complex choices in deciding how to direct their finite health budgets to meet the priority health needs of their populations, and in selecting from the vast array of technologies and interventions on offer. Reaching a fair and efficient outcome requires a multidisciplinary process to evaluate the social, economic, organizational and ethical aspects of a health intervention or health technology. Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is a systematic approach to evaluate the properties, effects, and impacts of health technologies or interventions. It can be applied to medical devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures, health services, and public health interventions.

This report summarises the methods and main findings of the WHO 2015 Global Survey on HTA. This survey was aimed at HTA conducted by government or national institutes. It was undertaken in response to World Health Assembly Resolution 67.23. This resolution, ‘Health intervention and technology assessment in support of universal health coverage’ called on the WHO Secretariat to assess the status of HTA globally.

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