Biomedical and bioethical issues in Parliamentary TA and in Health Technology Assessment

TitleBiomedical and bioethical issues in Parliamentary TA and in Health Technology Assessment
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsHennen L
JournalPoiesis & Praxis
Volume2
Pagination207–220
ISSN1615-6617
AbstractHTA and TA institutions at national parliaments (PTA) both share the same origin and of course have objectives and some of their methods in common. Nevertheless both TA branches developed in some distance during the 1970s and 1980s. Drawing on the case of biomedicine this paper outlines the differences between HTA and PTA, highlighting the ``clinical perspective'' of HTA and the ``societal perspective'' of PTA. It is shown that biomedicine which has developed rapidly during the last decade has hardly been dealt with by HTA, whereas it ranked quite prominent on the agendas of PTA institutions. Biomedical technologies became a subject of policy making beyond the boundaries of health care politics since biomedicine is perceived as an ethical challenge to society and not only as a medical innovation that has to be assessed by clinical experts. It is argued that there may however be good reasons to integrate the HTA and the PTA perspective in future TA on biomedical technologies.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10202-003-0051-4
DOI10.1007/s10202-003-0051-4