[Conception and conversion of medical technology assessment--an international comparison].

Title[Conception and conversion of medical technology assessment--an international comparison].
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsBerndt K, Hinzpeter B, Kurscheid T, Lauterbach KW
JournalZeitschrift für ärztliche Fortbildung und Qualitätssicherung
Volume92
Issue4
Pagination255-62
Date Published1998 May
ISSN1431-7621
KeywordsCross-Cultural Comparison; Europe; Forecasting; Health Plan Implementation; Humans; Technology Assessment, Biomedical; United States
AbstractThe outcome of adjusting health care spending to the overall economic performance of the country has become a major issue of health care policy of the industrialized nations. How can progress in medicine be consistently financed under the restriction of fixed contributions to mandatory sickness funds? Medical Technology Assessment is an interdisciplinary concept that proposes solutions to this issue. This article discusses the concept of Medical Technology Assessment and shows how Medical Technology Assessment should be implemented into the health care system. This article depicts how Medical Technology Assessment is implemented in the United States of America, in the United Kingdom and in the Netherlands. It also discusses which institutions take steps towards Medical Technology Assessment in Germany. The second article examines how to implement Medical Technology Assessment into the German health care system.
Alternate JournalZ Arztl Fortbild Qualitatssich