Health technology assessment and priority setting for health policy in Sweden.

TitleHealth technology assessment and priority setting for health policy in Sweden.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsCarlsson P
JournalInternational journal of technology assessment in health care
Volume20
Issue1
Pagination44-54
Date Published2004 Winter
ISSN0266-4623
KeywordsData Collection; Delivery of health Care; Health Care Rationing; Health Policy; Sweden; Technology Assessment, Biomedical
AbstractThis article describes the development of health technology assessment (HTA) in Sweden, its influence on decision making, and its link with priority setting. Sweden has a well established governmental HTA body, the Swedish Council on Technology Assessment in Health Care (SBU), and an increasing number of regional/local HTA organizations. HTA has had an impact on clinical practice and is used to some extent in policy decisions. Several initiatives have now been taken to develop processes for open priority setting of health-care services. With the establishment of a new agency to undertake reimbursement decisions on pharmaceuticals, and greater patient and public involvement in decision making, it seems inevitable that HTA will play a more important role in priority setting in the near future.
Alternate JournalInt J Technol Assess Health Care
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