The history of health technology assessment in Australia

Hailey, David (2009) The history of health technology assessment in Australia. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 25 S1: 61-67. doi:10.1017/S0266462309090436

Author Hailey, David
Title The history of health technology assessment in Australia
Journal name International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0266-4623
Publication date 2009-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0266462309090436
Open Access Status
Volume 25
Issue S1
Start page 61
End page 67
Total pages 7
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: To describe the development and application of health technology assessment (HTA) in Australia.
Methods: Review of relevant literature and other documents related to HTA in Australia.
Results: Most HTA activity in Australia has been associated with provision of advice for the two national subsidy programs, Medicare, and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). National advisory bodies established by the federal government have had a prominent role. Assessments from the advisory bodies have had a major influence on decisions related to Medicare and the PBS, and in some other areas. Technologies without links to the national subsidy schemes, and those that are widely distributed, have been less well covered by HTA. To some extent these are addressed by evaluations supported by state governments, but details of approaches taken are not readily available.
Conclusions: HTA in Australia now has a long history and is well established as a source of advice to health decision makers. Challenges remain in extending the scope of assessments, developing more transparent approaches in some areas, and consistently applying appropriate standards.
Keyword Australia
Health technology assessment
Health policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Centre for Online Health Publications
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Created: Thu, 03 Sep 2009, 17:50:53 EST by Mr Andrew Martlew on behalf of Centre for On-Line Health