On 9th July 2018, over 300 policy makers, healthcare providers, patient representatives and other experts discussed their views about the future cooperation on Health Technology Assessment (HTA). The discussions indicated that, after 20 years of joint work, HTA should be given a fair chance to become more structured, sustainable and efficient, better allowing for an optimal use of resources and sharing of expertise across the EU.
For Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, the input from patients, health professionals and industry in the HTA discussion is essential:
“We now have an opportunity to establish a mechanism that ensures that HTA is used to its maximum potential throughout the EU. I believe that joint assessments would not only help patients to have access to the most effective health technologies, but would also contribute to the sustainability of health systems. The broad involvement of stakeholders also ensures quality and predictability. Moreover, I believe that our proposal would bring more transparency in the HTA processes in the EU”.
After the plenary opening session with the Commissioner, the European Parliament’s rapporteur, Soledad Cabezón Ruiz, Clemens Auer of the Austrian Health Ministry, and EESC rapporteur Dimitris Dimitriadis, the participants gave recommendations on three major topics:
The stakeholders input will feed in the work of the current cooperation and in developing of the future approach post-2020.
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